SESHA 2003 Symposium - PDC Description

Implementing a Health and Safety Management System Based on OHSAS 18001 and VPP

Romanow, Kerrie ; Newman, David
(Environmental and Occupational Risk Management (EORM))

Many companies throughout the world are implementing environmental management systems in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard and are eager to integrate their health and safety programs into the same system.Established in 1999, the OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) grew out of the international success of the ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 series of Standards and the need for managing safety in the work environment.OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) is a certification program designed to recognize employers whose occupational safety and health programs are exemplary and meet specific VPP guidelines.At this seminar students will learn how OHSAS 18001 and VPP: Provide a systematic approach for OH&S management;Position your organization as an OH&S leader;Include management commitment, employee involvement, work site analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training; and Can exempt you from routine Cal/OSHA inspections.Health and Safety Management Systems require a combination of hard work and dedication between management, employees, registrars and regulators, to create a safer, healthier workplace.Your company’s productivity and the standard of service you offer your customers are profoundly influenced by the quality of your working environment.Companies that implement this management system will enjoy increased employee motivation, reduced workers' compensation and other costs, less time away from the job due to injuries, and recognition from interested parties, such as the community and shareholders.

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