BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety
Managing risk to reduce accidents, comply with legislation and improve performance
• Assessment & Certification
Statisticsfrom the UK Health and Safety Executive revealed that 180 people were killed at work in the UK in 2008/2009. This equates to an average across all sectors of 0.6 fatalities per 100,000 workers. Afurther 131,895 other injuries to employees were reported some of which could have had the potential to be fatal injuries.
Organisations now face a myriad of regulations and legislation aimed attackling these concerning statistics, including the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter bill in April 2008, which makes it much easier to prosecute a corporate body ‘if the way in which itsactivities are managed or organised causes a person’s death, and amounts to a gross breach of a relevant duty of care owed by the organisation to the deceased’.
During 2008/2009, HSE inspectors served7021 enforcement notices and brought 903 prosecutions, securing convictions in 83% of the cases brought. The average penalty was £11,036.
During 2008/2009 1.2 million people who worked during thelast year were suffering from an illness (long standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. 551 000 of these were new cases. 29.3 million dayswere lost overall (1.24 days per worker), 24.6 million due to work-related ill health and 4.7 million due to workplace injury - having a huge impact on organisations productivity and ultimatelyprofitability.
In addition to the risk of breaches in legislation, prosecution, fines and lost productivity, organisations face the risk of rising operating costs, insurance premiums and civil litigation.Whilst HSG 65 (a document first published by HSE in 1991) is a guidance to managing health and safety, it is not compulsory and cannot be assessed against. Stakeholders want to be assured that the...
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