Every good employer recognises their responsibilities when it comes to occupational health and safety. Government regulations make sure of this, but there are other positive spin-offs for employees as well. If cleanliness is next to godliness as the old saying would have us believe, then your office cleaning contractor needs to know what you expect as well.It doesn't matter what type of working environment you are involved with, whether it be in an office, factory or a retail showroom, there is one underlying element which underpins good health and safety practices, and that is cleanliness.Occupational health and safety is all about providing a safe environment for employees to carry out their duties. The spin-off for employers is that there is a reduction in workplace injuries and a corresponding increase in productivity and staff morale.Although we are talking simple matters of common sense here, it might be worthwhile pointing out some of the salient reasons why cleanliness is a major factor when it comes to providing a safe work area.A place for everything and everything in its place, or so the saying goes.
OHSAS 18001 - Occupational Health and Safety Is Everyone's Concern The importance of making the workplace a safe and healthy place cannot be stressed enough, that is why the International Organization for Standardization or ISO created ISO 18001, (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems). Workers spend most of their time at work, and the workplace is never without potential risks. There is no telling when accidents happen while employees are on duty, and most industrial sites are pretty much loaded with chemicals, machineries and tools to which workers are exposed today in and day out.There is an increasing demand for companies and industries to manage risks associated with occupational health and safety, and to improve performance and quality. For this reason, every industry player works to plan, develop and implement management systems in line with ISO standards. As far as occupational health and safety system is concerned, it is not enough for employers to offer compensation to claimants of work-related accidents, diseases, and injuries happen. They must seek to create the workplace a safer and healthier place for their staff by creating and executing precautionary measures to prevent accidents in the workplace.Compliance with occupational health and safety management systems does not free employers from possible legal obligations arising from OH&S-related claims, however obtaining ISO 18001 proves that employers strive to respond to the urgent need for fostering safe work environment, and that they value life, health and overall safety within their work environments. In addition, ISO-certified employers are not just protecting their workers but they are likewise protecting family members, customers, suppliers, communities, and even themselves.In order to ensure and continually improve workplace safety and health, it is recommended that employers enlist the help of an occupational health and safety officer or for larger organizations to establish a team dedicated to OH&S. An OH&S team is ideally composed of a safety professional, an occupational hygiene specialist, an occupational physician, and a work and organization specialist. These professionals design and maintain all OH&S guidelines and regulations within and throughout the organization, as well as to achieve or remain in compliance with respective ISO standards on OH&S.Specifically, the job description of OH&S officers encompasses a wide range of responsibilities and duties including creating and maintaining safety programs and forms, monitoring program implementation outcomes, providing organization-wide OH&S training, and providing safety reports. The officers ensure that the company implements, maintains and improves its occupational health and safety as conscientiously and continuously as possible in order to become worthy of the ISO 18001 certification, if not to become worthy of the public's trust and confidence.
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