An Occupational Health And Safety Management System not only enables the Organization to meet legal and regulatory requirements, but it also brings other advantages in terms of staff satisfaction, higher productivity and lower insurance costs.
The main benefits deriving from this Management System are:
- Reduction of workplace accidents and occupational diseases
- Increased productivity due to reduced absenteeism
- Reduction of insurance costs
- General improvement of the employees spirit
- Creation of a health and safety culture, whereby employees and leadership are encouraged to take on an active role
- Enhanced reputation
- Ability to meet legal and regulatory requirements.
In addition to the advantages mentioned above a certified Occupational Health and Safety Management System is essential for demonstrating the compliance with statutory requirements, avoiding penalties and improves the corporate image, enhancing the company profile in terms of trading credibility and marketing reputation.
Organisations already certified against BS OHSAS 18001 standard must complete migration to UNI ISO 45001 before March 12th 2021, a term beyond which their existing certificate will expire losing its value, as established by the Accreditation Bodies adhering the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
Organisations approaching the Occupational Health and Safety Management System for the first time are worried about all the changes that the adaptation to the standard may imply.
Actually, implementing a certified Management System means to follow principles and to carry out activities that already exist. Often, the implementation of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System consists in a better arrangement of the organisation’s processes and in a detailed documents review.
Organizations already certified against the BS OHSAS 18001 standard usually have most of the necessary instruments and systems in place for the transition to the ISO 45001 standard.
The Certification of Occupational Health and Safety Management System process begins with the system’s implementation, carried out by an internal specialist or an external consultant.
Once the implementation is completed, ASACERT verifies the system consistency with the legislation and issues the Certificate that will be valid for 3 years and verified yearly.
The Audit takes place the first year and it consists in two phases (Stage 1 and Stage 2) and leads to the final Certificate issue.
Within 12 months from the first certification, ASACERT carries out a Surveillance audit in order to verify that the management system is unchanged and still compliant with the standard. If any great change occurs, the Certification Body can modify the Certificate updating it to the organisation’s new situation.
Within one year from the first Surveillance Audit a second Surveillance Audit is due.
At the end of the third year, the organisation has to renew the Certificate through a specific Renewal Audit, otherwise the Certification will be no longer valid.
The timing depends on the consistency level of the Management System and on the business size.
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