OHSAS 18001 MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The purpose of OHSAS 18001 is to manage a safe and healthy working environment and respond to laws and regulations. It provides continuous and proactive solutions with a similar approach to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. If these systems already exist, they can be integrated on them.
Today, it is not enough for organizations to offer good goods or services cheaply and to secure this product, which is offered with the ISO9001 Quality Management System. Expectations are that organizations respect the environment, take measures regarding occupational health and safety, and fulfill their social responsibilities while producing products or services. OHSAS 18001 is an internationally accepted standard that will help you meet this requirement.
In our country, with the Occupational Health and Safety Law No. 6331, obligations have been imposed on establishments to conduct risk analysis and to provide OHS services to their employees.
An Organization with OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System:
- With the advantage of establishing an integrated system to ISO 9001 or ISO14001, it saves documents, effort and system.
- It can meet the needs of organizations of any size, in any industry.
- It takes the risks related to occupational health and safety of the organization under control and directs them to continuous improvement.
- Occupational accidents, occupational diseases and loss of workforce related to employees are reduced.
- There is a legislative change regarding the limit values of the working environment.
- Reduces accident costs
- It increases the motivation of the employees.
- It reduces the risk of accidents that can result in lawsuits and fines.
- It strengthens the company image.
OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System Establishment Stages
Determination of the Current Situation At the first stage, the risks and hazards related to the current work are determined, the situation against the legal and other requirements, the current occupational health and safety practices / controls and the work accidents in the past, near-miss events and occupational diseases are determined.
Occupational Health and Safety Management System Formation Plan
In order to use the time and power of the team that will organize the activities of the occupational health and safety management system and the other units that will support this team, it is the stage of determining the issues to be discussed and the responsible persons and putting this into a timetable. This plan is reviewed periodically and updated if necessary.
Occupational health and safety management system training is first introduced to the most important or managerial employees. It is transferred to other employees in a format appropriate to their level, authority and responsibilities. Only in this way will we effectively use our available resources (trainer, trainee and related costs) and not bore everyone with unnecessary details.
Establishment of Occupational Health and Safety Management System
Practical application on this topic is usually to form work teams according to the size of the organization. Under the leadership of these teams, the risk assessment method is determined and the dangers that cannot be tolerated are determined. A policy that determines the risks of the organization in terms of occupational health and safety is created by the senior management. The target for unacceptable risks and an occupational health and safety management program for these targets are prepared. Work methods that will control the hazards are determined. Possible emergencies, precautions and actions to be taken in case of emergencies are determined. Emergency procedures and plans are prepared. OHS performance parameters are determined.
Performing Internal Audits
After the decision is made that the formation of the occupational health and safety management system has been completed, internal audits are carried out to check whether the subsystems work as planned, their compatibility with each other and their effectiveness. The nonconformities / areas open to improvement identified here are handled within a plan.
Top Management OHS management system; It reviews internal audits, objectives, corrective/preventive actions, processes and their performance, customer complaints and satisfaction, improvement studies, resource needs, and ensures the effectiveness and continuity of the system.