Maintaining Your OH&S Management System

| August 13, 2007

Last week, a reader e-mailed me the following question –“What are the most important areas to concentrate on in maintaining an OHSAS 18001 management system that is already in place?”

This is an excellent question.  Sometimes organizations put so much effort into developing and implementing an occupational health and safety management system, they run out of energy when it comes to its on-going maintenance.

There are two areas that are particularly important for maintaining your OHSMS —

  • On-Going Management of Change
  • An Effective Internal Audit Program

To quote the Greek philosopher Heraclitus – Nothing endures but change.

Since change is a constant in all organizations (in activities, products, people, responsibilities, etc.), addressing the occupational health and safety impacts of those changes is a major challenge.  That is why OHSAS 18001:2007 added explicit management of change requirements (check out my previous blog — “What is Management of Change?” – for information on what these requirements are).

An effective internal audit program is also important for maintaining your management system.  It lets you know whether your efforts have been successful or if changes are needed.  It is also the primary means for top management to fulfill its management review responsibilities — to determine whether the OH&S management system continues to be suitable, adequate and effective.

© ENLAR® Compliance Services, Inc. (2007)

Category: FAQ, OHSMS Implementation

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