Successful health and
safety is dependent on a management
system that will effectively control the health and safety risks generated by an
British Health and
safety management systems have tended to be based on the Health and
Safety Executive's health and safety guidance 65 (HSG65). Adherence to
the standards set out in HSG 65 helps to ensure compliance with legislative
system approaches can be used including the BS OHSAS 18001 standard, which
provides assistance for establishing, implementing and improving
occupational health and safety management systems. It is a certifiable
standard which allows organisations to demonstration to stakeholders their
commitment to health and safety.
The key elements of a
successful health and safety management system include; a health and safety
policy, organising & planning, implementation & operation, checking &
corrective action (auditing) and reviewing performance.
importance of having a suitable and sufficient health and safety management
system cannot be over emphasised. Benefits include:
Improved health and safety performance
Reduction in production downtime caused by accidents
Improved employee morale and relations
costs associated with accidents and
Awareness of legislative duties.
absenteeism caused by occupational ill
risk of adverse publicity
cannot demonstrate a verifiable health and safety managements system could
themselves open to enforcement action and potential prosecution.
Contact us to
find out how we can help you establish, implement and improve your health &
safety management system.