Businesses face a lot of challenges and it relies on the fact how you hold the market share, clients, or to new customers. There is a need to distinguish you from the competition. In case, your company has commitment and safety metrics in protecting the environment, it is best to consider employing it as the selling point. In fact, you can also implement safety, health and environmental management systems.(EMS)
Anyway, do you know about management systems? ISO Certification defines it as an organizations set of procedures to be followed to meet the objectives. However, management addresses the concerned topic relating to the environment and employee health safety. Thus, they make together procedures and processes, helping in operating together and protecting the environment.
ISO9001 is the commonly implemented system and many companies insist that their vendors, suppliers, and contractors are ISO9001 certified. Companies also agree that this standard proves their commitment to improve the service or the quality of their product.
OHSAS 1800:2007 denotes certification of Occupational Health and Safety Management. This is an international standard offering a framework to control, decrease, and identify the associated risks with safety and health within the workplace. Putting into practice the standard gives others a clear signal, especially to your stakeholders that you give respect to the safety and health of your employee’s within your organization as a priority.
This is the reason there has been an increase in many organizations completing the certification OHSAS 18001, as employers are under pressure to ascertain a rigorous safety and health policy in place protecting their employees against the possible risks.
The Difference between OHSAS18001 & ISO14001
- The OHSAS18001 refers to Health and Safety Management System and ISO 14001 refers to Environmental Management System. There are many likenesses between OHSAS18001 and ISO14001, but it also has two areas that have distinct standards.
- A safety management system relating to 18001 requires an organization to perform a risk or hazard analysis. On the other hand 14001 require an impact or aspect analysis to determine appropriate controls. The 18001 standard, unlike the impact or aspect analysis, needs risk reduction considerations as per 5 steps such as substitution, hierarchy-elimination, warnings/signage, engineering controls, Personal Protective Equipment, and administrative controls.
- It is crucial to comprehend that the aim is to diminish risks using the hierarchy highest measure, wherever possible and not to use PPE. It presents a combination of PPE and engineering controls. There is a need for careful consideration to be given as the right option for an organization. PPE represents personal protective equipment. It also means PPE is any appliance or device designed to be held or worn by an individual as protection against safety and health hazards.
- Another major difference in the requirements of the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 is that the organizations should ascertain employee participation of the management system in particular areas. This involvement should include the risk or hazard participation and determine the incident investigation, control process, and development of policies and objectives.
Adding to this, the employees must be checked for the changes done to know the effect it has on their OH&S matters. Consultation with contractors is a must if changes affect OH &S. It is also important finally to note the standard point that’s that OH&S belong to the contractors and workers.
There are additions in OHSAS 18001 in five numbers and these additions are not a part of ISO 14001. These OHSAS180001 additions may be small in number, but needs to be investigated and is expected to show some significance to determine how they apply to the organization. To list them as:
- There is a risk assessment inclusion in hazard identification and is associated with determining controls with these hazards.
- The section is now titled on ‘measurement and monitoring’ as performance monitoring and measurement.
- Roles, resources, authority and responsibility include additional requirements for individual’s accountability.
- Communication includes consultation and participation with employees.
- The nonconformity section, corrective and preventive action includes the incident investigation requirements.
Integration is possible
You may observe that managing the associated risks with occupational safety & health is very little to modify or add in the procedures and processes to manage the environmental impact risk. A maintained and well-implemented environmental management system may be quite quickly and easily adapted to include the occupational safety & health requirements. Many companies now have implemented OHSAS 18001 with ISO 14001 as an integrated system, while many also have included ISO 9001 into this management system. It is all about risk management and even if the risks vary, they may be managed, but having this may prove to be a real improvement for you.