BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System

Occupational health and safety as an integral part of an organisation's operation

The occupational health and safety management system can be defined as a structured process for the prevention, and greatest possible reduction of the occurrence of injuries and diseases at work or as the results of work.

The management system, as defined in the BS OHSAS 18001:2007 standard, supplements mutatis mutandis the occupational health and safety legislation. To the existing legal requirements it adds new ones, most of which reflect the desire of an organization for the continual improvement of the effectiveness of its business performance. The system puts emphasis on preventive action and defines a number of regular activities that enable the overall monitoring and control of occupational health and safety in an organization.
  
The occupational health and safety management system should be regarded as a part of an overall integrated management system. The advantage of such an arrangement of the occupational health and safety field in comparison to systems known so far is that it is based on the commitment of an organization to the continual improvement of its business performance.

Employees are the most important element in every organization. Therefore, it is very important how we feel while we are doing our work, both physically and psychologically, since the work can affect us in both positive and negative ways. If we enjoy our work and perceive it as our true calling, and are not exposed to excessive harmful factors while at work, our health can remain excellent or may even improve.

The main factors motivating organizations to devote appropriate attention to health and safety at work are legislation, ethical and economic reasons, employee satisfaction and the organization’s goodwill.

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