Health & Safety Management System
From Management Systems
Health and safety at work is an issue affecting all organizations and implementing an occupational health and safety management system is a legal requirement in many countries. Additionally, organizations are increasingly required to report their health and safety performance.
A certified occupational health and safety management system shows both commitment to the health and safety of employees and provides assurance to customers and management that legal compliance is effectively managed.
Expectations towards organizations to manage their occupational health and safety risks and improving performance are growing. Legal requirements are gaining in complexity with authorities, customers and employee representatives increasingly demanding demonstration of acceptable health and safety performance and improvement.
Occupational health and safety management systems take a systematic approach to minimizing health and safety risks and implementing related policies. They provide a framework for an organization to manage its legal compliance and improve occupational health and safety performance, including risk and opportunity identification, analysis, target setting, and measurement.
Although many countries have their own occupational health and safety legislation many organizations see the benefit of implementing an international standard providing a common framework for good management practices which is valid across the borders. OHSAS 18001 is the most common and globally recognized standard for occupational health and safety management systems and is applicable to any organization in any business sector.
DNV also offers the SCC (Safety Checklist for Contractors) which is particularly recognized in the process industries.
In addition our local DNV unit may also offer certification to national occupational health and safety standards.
Implementing an effective occupational health and safety management system reduces the risk of harm to your employees and other personnel and reduces overall liability.
The main drivers for organizations to implement an occupational health and safety management system and seek certification are:
- Demonstration of responsibility towards employees, other workers and the public
- An effective framework for regulatory compliance
- Contractual obligations or expectations in a business-to-business relationship
- Improved operational control and reduced occurrence of ill health and injuries
- A competitive market advantage through enhanced image and increased stakeholder confidence
An OHSAS 18001 certificate proves that your management system has been measured against a best practice standard and found compliant.
The BRC (British Retail Consortium) Global Standard for Food Safety was created to ensure supplier compliance and secure retailers' ability to guarantee the quality and safety of the food products they sell. It is used worldwide as a framework for retailers and processors to assist the production of safe food and the selection of reliable suppliers.
FSSC 22000, also known as FSSC 22000, is specifically targeted at food manufacturers. This certification scheme helps secure food safety standards within the production process of the supply chain.
The SQF Program is a leading food safety and quality certification system that is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). The program was designed to meet the needs of suppliers and buyers, to ensure their compliance with food safety regulations in both domestic and global markets at all stages of the supply chain.