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OHSAS 18001

BS OHSAS 18001 is the internationally recognised assessment specification for an occupational health and safety management system. It is designed to enable an organisation to control its occupational health and safety risks and improve its performance. Like other management systems, BS OHSAS 18001 does not state specific occupational health and safety performance criteria. It is intended to provide a framework that allows an organisation to consistently identify and control its health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents, aid legislative compliance and improve overall performance.

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The OHSAS 18001 specification is applicable to any organisation that wishes to:

  • establish an Occupational Health and Safety Management System to eliminate or minimise risk to employees and other interested parties who may be exposed to  risks associated with its activities;
  • implement, maintain and continually improve an Occupational Health and Safety Management System;
  • assure itself of its conformance with its stated Occupational Health and Safety policy;
  • demonstrate such conformance to others;
  • seek certification / registration of its Occupational Health and Safety Management System by an external organisation; and
  • make a self-determination and declaration of conformance with this OHSAS specification.

What we can offer

In the first instance, we will carry out a compliance audit and gap analysis of your existing system, including a review of your organisation’s health and safety policies and documentation. This will allow us to compare your current health and safety practices against best practice and relevant standards. This comparison will pinpoint the areas that are working well and those that fall short. For each of our audits we will develop a comprehensive written report, which will provide a clear picture of your performance.

The key to having a successful system is to understand why a particular aspect is failing so that the root cause can be addressed. Our gap analysis report will prioritise each identified deficiency, along with estimated timescales.

The goal of a successful health and safety audit is to deliver continual improvement. In order to achieve this we will develop a strategy, through a project-specific action plan, which will assist you in implementation of the safety management system. The plan will include:

  • quantifiable actions with a suggested timescale;
  • specific low-level recommendations to help you achieve completion; and
  • a ‘sensible’ approach – focusing on the real safety issues, not trivial risks.

Where necessary we will attend your Health and Safety Committee meetings and monitor and assist with any day-to-day health and safety issues on an ongoing basis. We see this as proactive management of health and safety.

Why choose Workplace Law?

  • Experience in delivering OHSAS 18001 for a number of high profile organisations, including Fujitsu UK, London Development Agency and MMoser Associates.
  • We are an independent company whose strategy is to develop successful long-term relationships with our clients. We can only do this by working in partnership with you and meeting your individual needs.
  • Our intent is to enable you to make decisions that are right, by offering pragmatic and legally compliant solutions that are aligned with your objectives and based on your policies and procedures.
  • We offer an account-managed service that gives you unlimited access to the dedicated practitioners in our team. By working with them on an ongoing basis, we can respond quicker and provide more consistent advice than organisations that offer a ‘call centre’.
  • We believe that cultural change is vital to the acceptance of health and safety: we have carried out a cultural change programme for the Institute of Directors with successful results.
  • Everything we do for clients is bespoke: while we operate to recognised human resource and health and safety systems, we work to support our clients, rather than imposing a fixed solution on them.
  • Our information and advice service has won national recognition by the Periodical Publishers Association as the Best Business Website.
  • All our health and safety advisors are qualified to Tech IOSH (as a minimum) and are experienced trainers, consultants and practitioners. Our quality assurance process and CPD programmes ensure high standards with regard both to technical knowledge and levels of customer service.

Personal service

Unlike our competitors, we don’t impose a standard system on you. We work with you to produce a health and safety system that is appropriate to your business, rather than making you use ours. And, wherever possible, you will speak to the same technical account manager every time. The result: less confusion, less clutter, and better buy-in.

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  • Implementation of an occupational health and safety management system and better management of health and safety risks will lead to a potential reduction in the number of accidents, downtime and associated costs, including reduced public liability insurance costs.
  • Demonstration of legal and regulatory compliance through OHSAS 18001 displays your commitment to health and safety and an innovative and forward-thinking approach which could lead to increased access to new customers and business partners, as well as an increase in employee morale.

Case studies

Kuehne + Nagel: Managing environmental risk

Workplace Law is delivering the training of Kuehne + Nagel environmental champions staff through a year-long programme –delivering the four-day IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management in a combination of elearning, in-house courses and as part of public courses at the Workplace Law Executive Centre.


BNP Paribas Sustainability Estates Training Package

In 2012 Workplace Law was asked to develop and deliver a property management-focused sustainability training course for BNP Paribas Real Estate UK. This is a branch of BNP Paribas bank, which provides a number of property services including development, management and investment of property portfolios across the UK.


Assisting Shelter: Implementing ISO 14001

Workplace Law was appointed in the final quarter of 2012 to assist Shelter with the implementation of an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). Shelter wished to reduce its environmental impact, secure funding and make operational cost savings.


Helping Chaps Ltd get CHAS accredited

"In 2009 Chaps Ltd recognised that it needed to improve its health and safety systems. We changed our Health and Safety consultants to Workplace Law in order to give us a fresh approach towards our management of health and safety and to gain specialist construction advice.

"By using their expertise and experience Simon and Maria have guided us into developing a health and safety system that has achieved CHAS accreditation and given our customers and principle contractor’s confidence in our management of health and safety. They have always been available to offer advice when needed and to provide independent site inspections and audits which are often required by our customers.

"Both Simon and Maria continue to support Chaps Ltd and have become an important, integral part of our Health and Safety Management System."



"When reviewing our need for Employment Law Support, a number of companies were shortlisted and Workplace Law were chosen due to the professionalism and advice they provided. Since engaging with them they have proved to be an excellent ‘sounding board’, guide and always at the end of an email or call to give practical, commercially sound advice. The support given for a ‘handed over’ tribunal was second to none and a positive outcome. I’d recommend Workplace Law to any business that was looking for comprehensive, professional and sound employment advice." Caroline Lupton, Anson
"Having the Workplace Law Annual Support Contract in place provides our business with essential on-going day to day HR support in dealing with the wide range of personnel issues we face and in supporting our managers. As well as being legally sound the advice is both pragmatic and commercially focussed with an excellent response rate provided to our enquiries. All the HR Consultants in the team are approachable, professional and extremely capable in helping us work through the many diverse challenges we face to ensure that people are treated lawfully and fairly. The support ranges from day to day email and telephone advice to excellent consultancy service for more complex issues. We hope to be able to continue with this partnership well into the future and would have no hesitation in recommending the HR support that Workplace Law are able to provide to other businesses." Gill Baglin, Brewers
"We were very pleased with the way Workplace Law carried out our fire risk assessments in the College and hostels. They worked very closely with us throughout the process and produced a comprehensive set of risk assessments that met our requirements perfectly." Bob Smith, Magdalene College
"The proactive stance taken by Workplace Law CDM-C’s on our projects has created a positive attitude to problem solving between the design, delivery and client teams. In many cases our clients are introduced to the CDM regulations for the first time as ‘lay clients’ and need a high degree of hand holding to stay with the spirit and letter of the law. This could lead to costly delays in the works. This has proved not to be the case and all our key objectives are met." Mark Myers, The Harmsen Group
"On the whole I have attended many courses and undertaken a variety of qualifications over the years and this course has been by far the most valuable to me in terms of the knowledge, confidence and enhancement to my working capability and therefore fantastic value for money. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this course to anyone looking to develop their operational HR skills or for managers having to deal with front line people matters." Jennifer Caswell, Great Yarmouth Port Company
"I really want to thank Workplace Law for the fantastic work you have done on our highly complex project. I know it was not easy to gather all the sensitive information from so many people. Myself and the MD have read the report and are both delighted with the clear and easy to understand way the whole report is laid out. The recommendations were spot on and it certainly helped clarify the issues. I am sure we will be calling on your services again." Thank you. Karen Todd, ACS International Schools

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