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7 Prerequisites of Occupational Health and Safety Management System

Organizations must take care of their employees or workers as they are their most significant assets. Work-related risks, health issues or sicknesses, and occupational hazards are inevitable in almost all sectors. While risks are severe in some industries like manufacturing, construction, chemical, oil, energy, etc., the chances are less in the IT or service sectors. However, every organization should have a definite occupational health and safety management system to prevent whatever risks their workers are exposed to.

7 Key Elements of OHS Management System

To make your organization’s approach to ensuring the safety of employees, develop an OHS management system including these core elements.

1. Policy/Planning

You must create a valid policy or statement presenting the OHS goals to achieve and practices to implement.

2. Incident Reporting

There must be a definite method to report accidents, injuries, or any risks at the workplace to the OHS management representatives.

3. Employee Training

Training and Awareness sessions should be conducted to ensure that the employees follow the practices and know their roles to provide for each other’s safety.

4. Risk Assessment

The senior management team should periodically conduct risk assessments within the workplace.

5. ISO 45001 Compliance

Achieving compliance with the ISO 45001 standard should ensure that your OHS management system meets the international OHS regulations.

6. Communication

There should be a two-way dialogue between employees and management to ensure that all OHS risks are reported and addressed quickly.

7. Data Record

The OHS management system should collect adequate data on OHS performance.

Final Verdict

A health and safety management system is crucial for your organization to ensure the safety of your valuable employees. Incorporating all these components will ensure that your organization has implemented the best OHS management system, which is also compliant with the internationally acclaimed ISO 45001 standard.

Whether you have an OHS management system or need to update it, you will want to implement a new approach to ensure you’re ISO compliant with these seven elements.

Also Read: 8 Components Necessary for Implementing the ISO 45001 OHSMS