WHAT MAKES YOUR OCCUPATIONAL HEALTHAND SAFETY SYSTEMS BEST-IN-CLASS?OHSAS 18001 AUDIT, CERTIFICATION& TRAINING SERVICES FROM SGSSound occupational health and and consultation; motivation and commitment and understanding of their responsibility insafety policies are first and • Operational control; helping ensure workplace safety.foremost essential for employees, • Emergency preparedness andbut they are also important for response; and THE 2007 UPDATEcustomers and other stakeholders. • Performance measuring, monitoring In 2005, the OHSAS Working GroupIn addition, stricter legislation and improvement. started the process of revisingdemands that organisations OHSAS 18001. The OHSAS 18001:2007demonstrate a clear and pro-active THE BENEFITS standard, published on 1 July 2007, iscommitment towards the health Many organisations are implementing more results-oriented than the previous an Occupational Health and Safety version and it is better aligned withand safety of their employees. Management System (OHSMS), through ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. This furtherOHSAS 18001:2007 certification OHSAS 18001:2007 certification, as part encourages management systemsis a strong sign of commitment of their risk management strategy to integration and increases interest into occupational health and safety address changing legislation and protect OHSAS 18001:2007 certification. their workforce. An OHSMS promotesand helps you stand out from the a safe and healthy working environmentcompetition and deliver continuous HOW DOES THE CERTIFICATION by providing a framework that allows PROCESS WORK?improvement in the related organisations to consistently identifymanagement systems. and control their health and safety risks, The OHSAS 18001:2007 certification reduce the potential for accidents, aid process consists of six steps: legislative compliance and improveABOUT OHSAS 18001:2007 • Step A – SGS provides you with a overall performance. proposal based on the size and nature ofOHSAS 18001:2007 is the internationally OHSAS 18001:2007 certification can your organisation. You can then proceedrecognised assessment specification positively improve the efficiency of with the audit by accepting the proposal.for occupational health and safety internal operations and consequentlymanagement systems. It was developed reduce accidents, danger and downtime. • Step B – You may ask SGS to performby leading industry bodies and international Employee safety and the quality of a ‘pre-audit’ to give an indication ofstandards and certification bodies to the working environment are actively the readiness of your organisation foraddress a gap where no third-party improved because objectives and the audit. This stage is optional, yetcertifiable international standard exists. responsibilities are made clearer and all it is often found useful in identifyingIt enables organisations to manage employees are prepared to effectively any weaknesses in your systemsoperational risks and improve performance. deal with future hazards. OHSAS and in building confidence beforeIt also provides guidance on how to 18001:2007 assists compliance with the formal audit.manage the health and safety aspects of current legal requirements, reducing the • Step C – The first part of the formalyour business activities more effectively, risk of penalties or possible litigation. audit is the ‘Stage 1 – Readinesswhile taking into careful consideration Your OHSAS 18001:2007 certification Review’. This lets us evaluate theaccident prevention, risk reduction and from SGS enables you to demonstrate compliance of your documentedthe well-being of your employees. high levels of occupational health and system with the requirements of the safety when bidding for international standard to better understand theOHSAS 18001:2007 addresses the contracts, expanding locally to nature of your organisation, to planfollowing key areas: accommodate new business, or the rest of the audit as effectively• Hazard identification, risk assessment negotiating insurance premiums. as possible and to initially examine and determining controls; Regular assessments help you to key elements of the system. You• Legal and other requirements; continually use, monitor and improve will receive a report after this stage your OHSMS and related processes. identifying any concerns or observed• Objectives and OHS programme(s); This improves the reliability of your non-compliances so that you can take• Resources, roles, responsibility, internal operations to meet customer immediate action if required. accountability and authority; requirements, as well as overall performance. You may also gain • Step D – This is ‘Stage 2’ of the initial• Competence, training and awareness; a significant improvement in staff audit process. The audit includes• Communication, participation interviews with you and your
OHSAS 18001:2007 CERTIFICATION PROCESS SURVEILLANCE VISITS TYPICALLY ASSESSMENT AND CERTIFICATION AT 6 TO 12 MONTH INTERVALS Certificate STEP A STEP C STEP D Issue on STEP E STEP F Action and Closure of Agree Stage 1 Stage 2 Completion Surveillance Recertification Identified Non-Conformities Contract Audit Audit of Successful Visits Audit Audit STEP B Action and Closure of Optional Identified Pre-Audit Non-Conformities Certification Cycle Typically 3 years colleagues and examination of records. OHSAS 18001:2007; as GRI and AA1000. Our approach Observation of your working practices • OHSAS 18001:2007 Internal addresses needs that range from determines how compliant your actual Auditor Course; assuring the accuracy of the chosen processes are with the standard reporting scope to establishing and with your own documentation • OHSAS 18001:2007 Lead management systems for reporting as system. At the end of this stage, Auditor Course; well as managing relationships with we will present the findings of the • Auditor Conversion to OHSAS customers and stakeholders. audit classified as either major or 18001:2007; and minor non-conformances along with • Implementing OHSAS 18001:2007. WHY SGS? other observations and opportunities SGS is the world’s leading inspection, for improvement. Once you have Please visit www.sgs.com/training to verification, testing and certification addressed the non-conformities, a view the OHSAS 18001:2007 course company. Recognised as the global technical review of the audit will then schedules in your region. benchmark for quality and integrity, be conducted by an authorised SGS we employ over 59 000 people and Certification Manager to confirm the OTHER SERVICES RELATED TO operate a network of more than 1 000 issuance of a certificate. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY offices and laboratories around the• Step E – Our surveillance visits will MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS world. We are constantly looking beyond be scheduled at either six or twelve customers’ and society’s expectations in SGS is also known for its solutions against month intervals depending on the order to deliver market leading services other needs related to occupational health contract. During the visits, we review wherever they are needed. and safety and quality management as the implementation of the action plan well as continuous improvement: Partnering with SGS opens the door to addressing the past non-conformities better performing processes, increasingly and examine certain mandatory and • Gap assessment against the skilful talent, consistent and compliant other selected parts of the system in requirements of OHSAS 18001:2007: supply chains and more sustainable line with an audit plan that we provide this is a good alternative in case your customer relationships delivering you before each visit. organisation is not yet ready to go profitable competitive advantage. Work through the full certification process;• Step F – Shortly before the third with the global leader and take your anniversary of the initial certification, • Integrated Management Systems: your commitment to the next level. our routine visit will be extended quality management systems can be We have a history of undertaking and to enable a re-certification audit. audited and certified simultaneously successfully executing large-scale, Surveillance visits will then continue, with other management systems complex international projects. With a as before, on a 3-year cycle. which you have implemented; presence in every single region around • Audit solutions against additional, the globe, our people speak the languageOHSAS 18001:2007 RELATED TRAINING bespoke quality performance and understand the culture of theWe offer a wide variety of training criteria: SGS can help develop the local market and operate globally in acourses for all levels of ability and performance criteria and the checklist consistent, reliable and effective manner.awareness. Our OHSAS 18001:2007 or simply check performance againsttraining course portfolio is designed existing measures; and TO LEARN HOW SGS CAN HELP YOUto meet the requirements of any • Sustainability Report Verification: SGS EXCEED CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS,organisation using OHSAS 18001:2007, offers an independent verification VISIT WWW.SGS.COM/OHSAS18001 ORand includes: of environmental and social reports CONTACT CERTIFICATION@SGS.COM• Introduction & Awareness to against international standards, such FOR MORE INFORMATION.