Why OHSAS 18001 – occupational health and safety assurance system is important?
Over 6300 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases – that’s nearly 2.3 million every year worldwide. The burden of occupational injuries and diseases is significant, both for employers and the wider economy, resulting in losses from early retirements, staff absence, and rising insurance premiums.
OHSAS 18001 is the international Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Series specification that aims to control the potential hazards within an organization. It was formulated to help organizations for establishing occupational health and safety policies and objectives. A certified Occupational Health and Safety Management System demonstrates the conscious determination of the organization to safeguard the employees and the environment from harmful incidents.
Implementation of OHSAS helps in augmenting a healthy and safe working environment, gaining a competitive edge in the global market, promoting trust to the customers on compliance with regulatory requirements, reduction in the material loss caused by accidents and production
interruption, reduction in the insurance costs as well as costs due to the absence of employees.