Safety management system certification has become an important compliance issue for many organisations, with specific certifications becoming major requirements for many contracts and tenders.
This British Standard specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS), to enable an organisation to formulate a policy and objectives taking into account legislative requirements and information about hazards or risks. It applies to those hazards or risks over which the organisation may exert control and over which it can be expected to have an influence. It does not state specific OHS performance outcomes.
This Standard is applicable to any organisation that wishes to—
(a) implement, maintain and improve an OHSMS;
(b) assure itself of its conformance with its stated OHS policy;
(c) demonstrate such conformance to others;
(d) seek certification/registration of its OHSMS by an external organisation; or
(e) make a self-determination and declaration of conformance with the Standard.
All the requirements in the Standard are intended to be incorporated into any OHSMS. The extent of the application will depend on such factors as the OHS policy of the organisation, the nature of its activities and the conditions in which it operates.
Effective implementation of an OHS management system should seek to ensure the organisation complies with relevant OHS legislation, standards and codes of practice. However, the implementation of any of the requirements of this Standard, whether or not the organisation has gained certification from a third-party certification body or is otherwise recognized, does not in any way assure compliance with legal requirements, or other obligations placed upon the organisation by a statutory body. Hence, the implementation, either actual or intended, of this Standard, or parts thereof, would not preclude any action by a statutory body.
OHSAS18001 is the international version of the safety management system standard and is very well known in most parts of the world. This standard has recently gained popularity in Australia and New Zealand as many organisations deal with customers and suppliers around the world and like to have a mutually recognized certification. Plans are in place to publish a new ISO standard for safety management systems, to take the place of OHSAS 18001. The new standard will be named ISO45001 and should be published in late 2016.
You can learn more about the new ISO45001 standard here: ISO.org – ISO45001
The Work Health and Safety Management Systems and Auditing Guidelines (Edition 5) have been developed to enable government agencies which undertake construction and infrastructure projects to work with the construction industry in a manner that:
• Improves safety outcomes for all construction industry participants;
• Provides a consistent minimum standard across all government construction projects that construction industry participants must meet;
• Facilitates a safety management systems approach by construction contractors;
• Increases productivity and efficiency by improving planning and reducing accidents;
• Supports government agencies in demonstrating they are meeting their obligations under Work Health and Safety laws.
The Guidelines require that for all contracts valued at $1million or more, or as determined by an agency, the renderers’ must provide evidence of an acceptable corporate WHS Management System. Corporate WHS Management Systems must comply with the requirements of the Work Health and Safety Management Systems and Auditing Guidelines (Edition 5).
Agencies may accept a Corporate Work Health and Safety Management System if they are provided with:
• Evidence that the Corporate Work Health and Safety Management System was accredited in accordance with the Government Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Guidelines Edition 4 within the preceding three year period; or
• An audit report by an OHS Auditor (in compliance with the Work Health and Safety Management Systems and Auditing Guidelines Edition 5) attesting that the Corporate Work Health and Safety Management System:
o complies with the documentation requirements of the Work Health and Safety Management Systems and Auditing Guidelines (Edition 5);
o appropriately comprehends all current Work Health and Safety Legislation and other Work Health and Safety requirements; and
o includes requirements for audit, by an OHS Auditor independent of the Contractor, of compliance, currency and effective implementation at intervals of not less than three years.