Any organization which wishes to make its working environment safe and make it free from hazardous elements and make it absolutely risk free would take up measures to implement the OHSAS 18001 lead auditor certification. The objective is also to improve the occupational health and safety performance in the organization. The general requirement of the OHSAS 18001 lead auditor certification is the development, documentation, implementation of the OHS management system as the standard’s requirement. The top management of any organization which plans to go for the certification has to develop a policy which gets communicated to all the hierarchies of the organisation. The plan involves the requirement of the OHS hazard identification, do a risk assessment and determine the controls and cater to the legal formalities etc.
The OHSAS 18001 lead auditor certification insists on the operations of various facets like – setting up of resources, roles, responsibility, accountability and authority in relation with the requirements of OHS , determination of competence of the staff vis a vis the standard, providing training and awareness on Occupational Health and Safety Management System requirements, communication, participation and consultation during the implementation process, documenting the entire process, control of documents, setting up of the operational control of the infrastructure to reduce the Occupational Health and Safety risk, determination of potential OHS emergency situations and establishing the preparedness during an emergency situation and how quick the response is. After this comes the checkpoints and the monitoring and the measuring of the OHSAS performance, how effectively the controls that were set, worked, and did it reduce the risks? The evaluation of compliance, what corrective actions could be taken for prevention of the risk and whether the records were well created and documentation was done properly.
All these are mandatory for the OHSAS 18001 lead auditor certification. The management also reviews the implementation of the OHSAS standard at regular intervals so that it continues the reliability and the suitability of the need to the get the standardisation. An organisation as an applicant should ensure that the organization has established the OHSAS Quality Manual and its relevant procedures and the SOP’s; conducts one complete cycle of the OHSAS internal audit; the legal document requirements are identified and compliance has been established; significant OHS hazards has been identified and the control measures have been implemented; conducts at least one management review meeting on the OHS Management System; and potential OHS emergency situations have been identified and the preparedness to handle them has been established.
The overall benefit in the implementation of the OHSAS 18001 lead auditor certification standards are that the company’s business profits improve since they have adopted the international standards of safety, therefore the workplace would be a safer place than before, to work with and also to do good business with. There is an enhancement of reputation of the organisation and there is a positive impact on the customers and the employees. There is also a drastic reduction in the cost towards employee safety and risk management.