Sunday, April 19, 2020

Occupational health Safety and Management Systems (OHSMS-ILO)

An Occupational Health Safety and Management Systems (OHSMS-ILO) is a set of policies and procedures that are used by an organization to reduce unwanted events (near misses, incidents, accidents and illnesses) among their workforce and or employees.
It is a well-proven fact that well-established health safety and environmental management system of an organization plays a vital and integral in reducing and minimizing the severity of work-related fatal, major or minor injuries and illnesses. The organization that gives most importance, resources or shows its commitment will get its short and long term benefits in the shape of financial, reputation and moral terms.

The Role of the Organizations Occupational health Safety and Management Systems (OHSMS):

From time to time researches have shown that in any organization, the commitment of the management of all level from top to bottom plays a vital role in the success of their OHS management system. The other aspect of its success is to make the participation of their employee’s ownership in their health, safety and environmental management system. Workers/workforce’s commitment to an organization’s occupational health safety and environmental management system can be essential issues for any establishment.  The Organizations Occupational health Safety and Management Systems - (OHSMS) the immediate elements of any organizations health and safety policy could be the following:
  • Policy
  • Organizing
  • Planning and implementation
  • Evaluation
  • Action for improvement.
Although other SMS models use different terminology, the process and workflow for health safety and environmental management system (OHSEMS) are usually following similar:
Policy: it is the written documented statements that define what type of resources (financial, men power, the commitment of the management of all level and legal) are necessary for the company and at the same time how to achieve the per-defined health and safety targets.
Organizing: How is the organization structured, where responsibilities are and accountabilities defined, who reports to who and who is responsible for what.
Planning and Implementation: this is the 3rd phase of the health and safety management system where applicable laws, regulations and legal terms are discussed and applied and predefined occupational health and safety objectives are set and review are accomplished and planned how to hazard assessment and identification is carried out within the system?
Evaluation:  How is OHS performance measured and assessed, what are the processes for the reporting of accidents and incidents and for the investigation of accidents and what internal and external audit processes are in place to review the system. 
Action for Improvements: How are preventative and corrective actions managed and what processes are in place to ensure the continual improvement process?
The health and safety policy is a continual process, it is set, organized implemented, reviewed and evaluated on continual terms. If it is working as per the pre-set objectives and goals, it is considered appropriate to proceed and if there are some shortcomings detected in it or any organization found that it is not fulfilling organizations needs and expectation, then it is reviewed and make it to the company’s required standards
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