More than just a trend: Health and safety at work

Until now, management systems have focused on the results of everyday working practices: the products and the services. But what about the most important resources in the creation process – the employees and the company itself? What can a company do to protect and strengthen its own position and that of its workforce?

BS OHSAS 18001 as a globally recognised standard

The BS OHSAS 18001 standard provides the right approach because it places the emphasis on personal protection, occupational safety and health care. Through preventive measures in safety at work and health protection management, the employees are placed in a situation in which they can take the necessary action before an accident or material damage occurs. OHSAS stands for Occupational Health and Safety Assessment System, a management system developed by the British Standards Institution in conjunction with international certification companies. Since its publication, certified occupational health and safety management systems have been enjoying increasing popularity and acceptance all over the world. In Germany alone, more than 1,000 companies have already been certified to BS OHSAS 18001.

Certified occupational health and safety management systems significantly increase the safety and risk awareness of the workforce and have a strong preventive effect

Training, awareness and prevention

In the context of occupational health and safety management, it is vital to strive for improvement in all parts of the company. Specific training, individual raising of awareness and intelligent prevention are the keywords. A VdS-certified occupational health and safety management system delivers the following benefits:

  • Increase in employee motivation through improved safety at work and health care
  • Consistent reduction in costs caused by accidents and production stoppages
  • Expression of commitment to the protection of employees, property and production equipment
  • Improvement of corporate image, competitive situation and customer loyalty
  • Control of critical areas by strengthening internal and external communication
  • Enhancing the legal certainty of upper management
  • Consistent adherence to legal requirements
  • Reduction of insurance premiums
  • Cost reduction through integrated certification with ISO 9001

Integrated management system and resultant cost benefits

BS OHSAS 18001 offers a big advantage to companies who have already installed a quality management system to DIN EN ISO 9001. The two standards can be perfectly combined to form an integrated management system, because they are based on similar structures. For example, any documentation, analysis or information processes that have already been implemented can be used in the context of an integrated management system for both requirements catalogues. Last but not least, by combining quality- and occupational health and safety management system certifications from a single source, the amount of time needed – and, of course, the cost – can be significantly reduced.

Highly qualified team of auditors

The training of the auditor teams at VdS is geared to the very demanding rules and regulations of the European Organization for Quality (EOQ). Not only do the auditors have to comply with these rules they also have to undergo extensive practical training. VdS auditors work independently, impartially and without discrimination.