Coors Brewers Ltd: OHSAS 18001 `Managing Health and Safety`

The Coors brewery in Alton, Hampshire operates a management system which is certified to ISO 14001, ISO 9001:2000 and the BRC Technical Standard, is compliant with FEMAS and HACCP and will shortly need to adhere to the forthcoming IPPC Regulations.

“We soon began to realize that adopting OHSAS 18001 was the best route for us to help us drive further improvement in health and safety throughout the site.”

Despite the multiplicity of standards and schemes that the Alton site was already working to, early in 2003. The Alton management team, including the health and safety advisor at the site, Roy Andrews identified the need to work towards implementing a formal occupational health and safety (OHS) management system.

Alton had become conscious that the existing environmental and quality management systems were increasingly being used to manage health and safety activity. Adopting OHSAS 18001 as the vehicle to manage health and safety activity would help to give a clear focus on key objectives and measures, help demonstrate top management commitment and so raise the profile of this critical function.

Robert Parker (Quality Improvement Manager) approached LRQA during the implementation stages for a gap analysis visit to help identify areas for improvement within the management system prior to the formal certification visit.

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