BS OHSAS 18001 certification - Occupational Health & Safety Management

Show excellence in occupational health & safety performance, and demonstrate leadership in reducing risk.

BS OHSAS 18001 enables companies to control health and safety risks while promoting employee wellbeing and a safe working environment. Failure to manage health and safety can result in serious incidents. So as well as putting staff well being at risk, businesses can risk substantial financial penalties, criminal and civil prosecution and loss of reputation.

The standard was developed in response to market demand for a health and safety management system standard against which organisations can be assessed and certified. It has become increasingly apparent that companies want to manage health and safety in the same way as other core business activities.

The implementation of a management system that can be audited, and extends beyond compliance with minimum legal requirements, enables organisations to take action to improve health and safety within the business environment.

The basic occupational health and safety management system elements are:
  • formulating and maintaining an occupational health and safety policy
  • planning for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • implementing and operating the system to achieve the policy aims
  • checking the effectiveness of the system and correcting deviations
  • reviewing the management system with senior management.
Who needs BS OHSAS 18001?
The management of occupational health and safety is a minimum requirement for every business. All businesses need to know they are meeting their obligations and be able to prove it to others.
The benefits of BS OHSAS 18001
Having your health & safety management system certified to BS OHSAS 18001 will reassure stakeholders that you take corporate responsibility seriously.

Specifically BS OHSAS 18001 certification will:
  • reduce risk of serious incidents, financial penalties, loss of reputation and legal costs
  • demonstrate to regulators, customers and other stakeholders that the organisation is committed to best practice in health and safety management
  • ensure you identify and understand legal requirements
  • help deliver measurable objectives and a structured risk assessment
  • reduce accidents, stress and occupational sickness
  • enhance your reputation as an employer of choice
  • improve staff morale and productivity.
Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP)
Exova BM TRADA is a registered member of SSIP (Safety Systems in Procurement). If you are certified for BS OHSAS 18001 with Exova BM TRADA, your business is construction related and you are in one or more of the following categories: Contractor, Designer, Principal Contractor or CDMC, you automatically gain the benefits of SSIP membership under our registration.

What is SSIP Forum?
SSIP is an umbrella organisation facilitating mutual recognition between existing health and safety pre-qualification schemes such as CHAS, SAFEcontractor, Exor and Altius where practicable to do so. For a full list of applicable schemes and more information are available on the SSIP website.

The benefits to you
If you hold an BS OHSAS 18001 certificate with Exova BM TRADA, you are already registered as a SSIP member. This means that you will no longer need to be registered with other health and safety pre-qualification schemes, saving considerable time and expense. If your clients are members of SSIP they will recognise the value of your associated membership through Exova BM TRADA.

The benefits to your clients
An important feature of the SSIP is the HSE's message that a buyer can be confident a supplier who is registered or accredited as compliant or approved with an SSIP member has been assessed to the Core Criteria standard (stage 1). The buyer, having verified your status, will only then need to focus on the project or job specific assessment (stage 2).
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