OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) This international stadard governs the occupational health and safety issues and is intended for various types of organizations. The management system (OHSMS- occupational health and safety management system) regulates the application of occupational health and safety measures, and as such it can be successfully implemented in the following business areas:

  • all industry branches,
  • technical companies,
  • hotel and tourist organizations,
  • shipping companies,
  • accounting firms,
  • all companies providing any kind of services, etc.

Reasons for implementing the OHSMS

Organizations usually choose to implement and certify their OHSMS for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Complying with the legal requirements regarding occupational health and safety issues;
  • Improving the occupational health and safety;
  • Reducing the number of injuries at work;
  • Reducing life insurance costs;
  • Building personnel’s trust in top management.

The benefits of implementing the OHSMS

The results of research conducted in various organizations that have implemented and certified their OHSMS according to the OHSAS 18001 standard indicate the following benefits:

  • Minimized number of the injuries at work,
  • Minimal number of complaints, fines and legal repercussions regarding occupational health and safety matters,
  • Conformance with the legal requirements,
  • Protection from all possible injuries to all employees and visitors,
  • Organization’s willingness to promptly remove the danger,
  • Work coordinated with legal requirements,
  • Improved company’s reputation,
  • Attractiveness to foreign investors,
  • Leverage in entering local and international markets.

OHSMS implementation and certification activities

Choosing Tekon as your business partner gives you the opportunity to certify your OHSMS on short notice. Our approach encompasses the following activities:

  • Initial stage audit- our highly experienced consultants perform on-site auditing by reviewing the existing documentation, interviewing the managers and other personnel and visiting all the organization’s locations, on basis of which they make the Initial stage study which notes all nonconformances with standard requirements; 
  • Informing the management- our consultants concisely and in day-to-day language communicate the basic aspects of this management system to the top management;
  • Training the OHSMS implementation workgroup- our consultants assist the organization’s management in forming the OHSMS implementation workgroup and perform the training necessary for OHSMS design and implementation.
  • Planning the OHSMS implementation, from the beginning to the certification itself;
  • Designing the basic documents- in order to hasten the implementation process, our consulting team designs the basic document drafts, which are later reviewed and modified by the implementation workgroup, in cooperation with our consulting team. Our years-long experience proves this is the most efficient and the fastest way of reaching the projected goal, as opposed to having the workgroup write the documents from scratch with the consultants only checking them for nonconformities with the standard requirements;
  • Training the personnel for implementing and using the designed documents.
  • Distributing and working by the documents- using the OHSMS documents in everyday work helps root the OHSMS in the very core of the organization, which is a prerequisite for a successful certification;
  • Training the internal auditing team- the personnel trained for conducting the internal audits is responsible for checking whether OHSMS functions as planned.
  • Internal audit- the internal auditing team conducts the first OHSMS internal audit, under the supervision of our consultants;
  • Preparing for the certification- the client sends the request to the chosen accredited certification body. All non-conformities form the internal audit must be addressed before the appointed visit by the certification body representatives;
  • The certification- being the official audit by the external auditors, usually comprised of two parts: pre-auditing and auditing.

Tekon helped a considerable number of public and private organizations both from Serbia and countries in the region implement and certify their OHSMS.