Health & Safety Management & OHSAS 18001

Health and safety management

Expert health and safety management & OHSAS 18001 implementation solutions tailored to you.

Quality Management Systems Ltd. is a leading UK business process and health and safety management systems specialist offering a complete range of expert safety management services including BS OHSAS 18001 implementation and accreditation, training and auditing solutions to organisations throughout the UK and internationally.

Our highly trained process and safety management experts will help you develop a practical, cost effective health and safety management framework that will integrate seamlessly with your routine operations helping you to achieve BS OHSAS 18001 certification quickly and efficiently.

By focusing on the needs of your organisation our consultants will quickly develop a clear understanding of what you do, how it is achieved, and where potential risks exist. With this knowledge they can then work with you and your teams to ensure your health and safety processes are clearly identified, recorded and then streamlined to support and improve your safety performance across all your business activities. Our safety management frameworks are simple and easy to use, and are proven to deliver a number of significant benefits to organisations whatever the size or market sector.

If you would like to learn more about what we do and how we can help you develop your safety management processes please get in touch today.

Our Health and Safety Management Systems Really Deliver

Our expertly crafted health and safety management systems and OHSAS 18001 standards implementation solutions can help deliver a number of important organisational benefits including:

  • Fewer Accidents with Improved Safety & Health

    Improve your safety record and get better protection for staff, suppliers, visitors and other stakeholders.

  • Improved Productivity

    Benefit from improved productivity through reduced work related injuries, ill health and absenteeism.

  • Minimise Business Disruption

    Reduced accident associated business disruption, production delays and downtime.

  • Demonstrate Legal Compliance

    Maintain and demonstrate your legal compliance to the regulator.

  • Improved Corporate Responsibility

    Demonstrate staff, customers, suppliers, investors and other stakeholders your commitment to corporate responsibility.

  • Protect Your Reputation

    Protect your organisations reputation from the impact of unplanned incidents and regulatory/legal investigations.

  • Motivate Staff

    Motivate staff and improve morale through consultation and engagement.

UK & International Coverage

Our specialist health and safety management solutions are delivered by experienced consultants who combine their process management expertise with practical know-how across their specialist areas to deliver real performance improvements in organisational safety and health.

Our main offices are located in London and Manchester and these are further supported by regional teams of specially trained process management and standards implementation specialists who deliver expert advice and support solutions to meet the highest standards of performance expected by our clients.

Contact Quality Management Systems today to learn how our expert safety management and OHSAS 18001 implementation and accreditation solutions can help you achieve a clear and usable safety management framework that delivers effective and efficient health and safety management processes. To speak with one of our experts call us on 0330 223 25 85 or simply use the button below to get our full contact details or submit our contact form.

What is Health and Safety Management?

An effective health and safety management system provides an organisation with a well-structured scheme of operations that makes it easier for businesses of all types and sizes to manage and control areas of risk associated with occupational health and safety. In countries around the world organisations must adhere to their own national health and safety rules and regulations… and while it’s highly unlikely a formal health and safety management system is a legal requirement, it does help make tasks in this important area much easier to manage, control and improve.

An effective safety management system is not about making things more complex; in fact, it is the exact opposite…

The Main Principles of Health and Safety Management

As with any kind of management system, the more streamlined and logical it is, the better the results are likely to be. This is not about making things more complex; in fact, it is the exact opposite.

The main principles of health and safety management that should be considered include:

  • Commitment of Senior Management

    The senior management team of the organisation needs to commit fully to improving its record on accidents, and occupational health and safety through improvements to its safety management systems.

  • Focusing on Effective Documentation

    Certain aspects of occupational health and safety should be well documented, i.e. risk assessments, operational controls, emergency procedures etc. However, creating paperwork simply for the sake of it should be discouraged.

    A well designed health and safety management system will ensure only those specific tasks that present a risk will be focused on, as they should be.

  • In-House Standards

    While there are recognised standards such as the British Standard OHSAS 18001 that can be used to help construct a health and safety management system, there is also room to tailor these management standards to suit a particular organisation or business and its specific risks, needs and requirements.

    Adopting solid, well designed in-house health and safety standards that utilise the OHSAS 18001 framework is often a good way to do this.

  • Identifying Processes & Procedures That Work

    Health and safety in the workplace should not be a complex process that makes life difficult for people to perform at their best.

    By identifying workable and sensible standards, processes and procedures to use in each situation, it becomes easier to ensure that management standards are used day-to-day and so continue to protect health and safety.

  • Adopting Standards That Are Industry-Specific

    While one industry may have a need to adopt specific standards in order to meet its health and safety obligations, another may have no use for those standards at all.

    A good health and safety management system should be organisational or sector specific and allow for the adoption of the right standards in each case.

What are the Benefits of Health and Safety Management Systems?

Protecting and improving the health and safety of employees and others in the workplace is a fundamental objective for any health and safety management system. Complying with local health and safety laws is also essential to ensure regulatory compliance is achieved.

Those businesses that have a good, well developed occupational health and safety management system in place are better placed to reduce accidents, ill health and absenteeism. They are also far less likely to fall foul of the law for non-compliance.

An effective health and safety management system can deliver a number of important benefits to an organisation, its employees and wider stakeholders including:

  • Safer Working Environment

    Build a safer, more productive working environment for staff and others. Improve your safety record and get better protection for staff, suppliers, visitors and other stakeholders.

  • Increased Productivity

    Get increased productivity through reduced workplace related injuries, ill health and absenteeism.

  • Less Disruption

    Benefit from a reduction in accident associated disruption, production delays and downtime caused by incidents, accidents and ill health.

  • Meet Your Legal Obligations

    Meet your legal obligations on health and safety matters, maintain and demonstrate legal compliance to the regulator.

  • Improved Corporate Responsibility

    Demonstrate to your staff, customers, suppliers, investors and other stakeholders your commitment to corporate responsibility.

  • Protection From Reputational Damage

    Protect your reputation from the damaging effects incidents, investigations and prosecutions can have on your organisation.

  • Motivate Your People

    Motivate your staff and improve morale through consultation, engagement and the implementation of improvements to workplace health and safety.

The implementation and operation of a good health and safety management system ensures your organisation sends out the right messages to its employees, customers, clients, suppliers, investors and wider stakeholders. Customers and clients will be impressed that you take health and safety seriously, both for them and for your employees. Your local health and safety regulators (in the UK this is the Health & Safety Executive) will also take note of this. All in all, it means your organisation will be viewed positively from a safety management perspective, and the risks associated with accidents, injuries and ill health should be reduced.

Good health and safety management also points to good management standards in general. That also reflects well on your organisation and it could make all the difference to the amount of time you spend on health and safety matters as well. When you have a solid management plan in place to control the risks associated with those day-to-day tasks and procedures performed as part of your business, opportunities for error, confusion and accidents will be significantly reduced.

Management Systems & BS OHSAS 18001

The internationally recognised Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series, OHSAS 18001 is a tried and tested occupational health and safety management system used by organisations around the world. It has been developed to help organisations control and manage their occupational health and safety risks.

OHSAS 18001 is similar in its approach to many other popular management system standards and is designed on the principle of the Plan – Do – Check – Act or PDCA process.

Plan – Do – Check – Act

If your organisation decides to adopt BS OHSAS 18001, the recognised British Standard in health and safety management systems, you have the peace of mind of knowing you are choosing a system that is tried and tested, and has been proven to work. You will also be aware that the system lays out the minimum requirements an organisation needs to meet in order to remain on the right side of health and safety law.

If you wish to develop an effective health and safety management system for your business using a recognised framework, it is well worth exploring BS OHSAS 18001 in more detail. This popular standard is one of two distinct elements that make-up the overall OHSAS 18000 framework, which comprises OHSAS 18001 and 18002. It is intended to help organisations build a framework of activities that can be used to control and manage their occupational health and safety risks.

Implementing OHSAS 18001

Building an occupational health and safety management system for your organisation based on the BS OHSAS 18001 standard demonstrates that you are taking good care of health and safety matters in your work environment. While OHSAS 18001 provides a solid framework, it is important to recognise that this framework offers a good degree of flexibility and can be built upon in order to deliver a truly tailored solution for your organisation.

No two organisations are ever the same, even when they exist in the same industry sector. Some may be bigger than others and have more employees. Others may perform different tasks according to the products or services they offer and the specific market sector they are operating in.

This is why it is important to implement OHSAS 18001 with full knowledge of how to do so successfully. It is not just about implementing the standard; it is about building on it and making it fit to enhance your organisational activities, goals and objectives. Not only will it help to improve the health and safety of employees and others at your workplace, it will also assist you in meeting your health and safety obligations, and it will help you look forward and make adjustments if your organisation is set to expand or take on more people. In any event, OHSAS 18001 provides you with a sound health and safety management framework you can rely on.

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Contact Quality Management Systems today to discuss your safety management and OHSAS 18001 standards requirements. Our experts can provide practical, cost effective advice and support on all aspects of OHSAS 18001 implementation and accreditation support, auditing and training… all tailored to meet the needs of your organisation.

With offices in London and Manchester, supported by regional teams of specially trained process management and standards implementation specialists we can deliver simple, easy to use safety management frameworks that work to enhance what you do.

Contact us today for more information or for your FREE, no obligation quote.

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