Certification is highly regarded as a solid demonstration of best practice, and reflects a robust safety system. Key benefits of a fully implemented safety system include;
- Potential reduction in the number of accidents
- Demonstration of legal and regulatory compliance
- Demonstration to stakeholders of your commitment to health and safety
- Demonstration of an innovative and forward thinking approach
- Increased access to new customers and business partners
- Better management of health and safety risks now, and in the future
- Potential reduced insurance costs (public liability and workers compensation)
The diagram below demonstrates the continual improvement basis on which results can be achieved.
The goal of both standards to prevent injury and illness in the workplace. Both standards are also applicable to all industries.
The difference between AS/NZS 4801 and OHSAS 18001 is:
- OHSAS 18001 is internationally recognised.
- OHSAS 18001 is more closely aligned to other standards including Quality.
- Certification to OHSAS 18001 includes certification to AS/NZS 4801.
- OHSAS 18001 certification requires minimal additional time and costs compared to AS/NZS 4801 certification.
Which Standard is right for you?
Typically, companies solely operating in Australia without any any other certifications elect to pursue AS/NZS 4801. Organisations that operate internationally or maintain Quality and or Environmental certification elect OHSAS 18001.
Where can you get the standards?
AS/NZS 4801:2001 Occupational health and safety management systems (4801) sets out the requirements for safety systems. This standard can be purchased here: http://infostore.saiglobal.com/store/Details.aspx?ProductID=386329
BS OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational health and safety management systems (18001) also sets out the requirements for safety systems. This standard can be purchased here: http://infostore.saiglobal.com/store/Details.aspx?ProductID=925905
Feel free to call Kelly Brown or Simon Lloyd to discuss your particular requirements on 1800 647 789.
Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at www.workcover.nsw.au
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