When it comes to Standards, it’s not unusual to see an organisation start with ISO 9001 – that’s a focus on quality – and then continue on to incorporate ISO 14001 (environment) with either OHSAS 18001 or AS/NZS 4801 (safety).
Standards are designed to be integrated in an efficient manner, which helps businesses reduce workload and costs, and meet their legal requirements. That’s where ISO 9001 integrated management system training comes in.
OHSAS 18001 is an international applied British Standard covering health and safety, while AS/NZS 4801 is an Australian/New Zealand Standard, doing almost the same thing.
OHSAS 18001 training and certification provides an excellent framework in which any organisation can assess risks and maintain the right workplace health and safety standards.
Importance of management
OHSAS 18001, perhaps more than AS/NZS 4801, clearly defines different roles, including risk assessment, compliance, preventive and correction action, and the importance of management.
AS/NZS 4801 is excellent for assessment, evaluation and reporting.
Both standards are excellent and, if you’re confused over which one to choose, perhaps speak to a professional standards consultant, such as SC Training in Brisbane.
Whichever one you choose, you know you’re doing the right thing, as workplace health and safety is a crucial issue right now. In fact, it seems to be in the media every week, in some form or other, as every worker deserves to be safe.
While some Australian states are reviewing the current legislation and punishment for workplace accidents and deaths, New Zealand has a whole new Act to contend with. The 2015 Health & Safety at Work Act was released this year, to help businesses better manage health and safety.
Back home in Australia, keeping ourselves and our workmates safe will be the theme of Safety in Action, in Perth, on June 1 and 2. Employers, employees and business leaders are being urged to attend, in a bid to design safer workplaces for all.
According to a recent industrial poll, 87% of Australian workers believe their workplace could be safer.
What is interesting about this conference, is the emergence of new, but very relevant safety topics, such as psychological health, and minimising risks in our aging workforce.
Falls and slips
The fact that we are looking at workplace health and safety with fresh eyes is good news, as it will identify new ways of reducing the risks. For example, muscular stress while lifting or handling objects caused 33% of serious claims in 2012-13, while falls, trips and slips of a person caused 22% of serious claims. So it’s no surprise that we are seeing the emergence of more ergonomists these days.
While OHSAS 18001 and AS/NZS 4801 help organisations out the right procedures and policies in place, there’s also the safety net of regular audits to ensure all is well.
The OHSAS 18001 lead auditor course is particular relevant and is well worth considering. Auditors and Lead Auditors are highly skilled professionals whose job it is to assess how well an organisation’s safety management system is working.
Some see audits as an intrusion, or “more red tape”, but that’s far from the truth. Audits benefit the organisations themselves, and the stakeholders. Isn’t it better to discover a risk during an audit, rather than after a tragic accident?
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