Developing OHSAS Procedures

A key part of the OHSAS will be the preparation and implementation of procedure for effective OHSAS control. These procedures should cover all functions, Activities and processes that have, or could have (if uncontrolled), a significant direct or indirect effect on the OHSAS.

The type and scope of the procedures should be appropriate to the nature, complexity and OHSAS significance of the function, activity or process that they address. In all cases, however, the objectives should be to control the activity in question in accordance with specified requirements.

Procedures need to be written down, made available to relevant employees, monitors, documented and updated.

Procedures should not be issued in isolation; they should be an integral part of the enterprise’s OHSAS Policy and management system as a whole. Their purpose is to define clearly the organisational structure and management controls. In order for procedures to be effective, employees at all levels of the enterprise will need to be given training in their use and control.

The enterprise’s OHSAS policies, objectives and programmes need to be translated into specific procedures, which set out:   

* Actions necessary to support the OHSAS Policy and to carry out tasks without detriment to the OHSAS performance of the enterprise.
* Uniformity of understanding and action.
* Continuity and consistency of performance when personnel and changes occurs and
* A basis for control of the OHSAS management system and its effectiveness.

Procedures are likely to be required for the areas give below. However this is not the exhaustive list. Depending on the requirement of the proposed OHSAS many more procedures may need to be developed.

* Work instructions covering day-to day activities and arrangements, abnormal working and emergency situations
* Monitoring and control arrangements and activities.
* Contractor, supplier and other procurement activities and arrangements.
* Product, process and other change procedures; and
* Other requirements necessary to achieve the OHSAS Policy and programme; these may relate to:
* Achieving compliance with particular programme requirements.
* Research compliance with particular programme requirements.
* Selection and use of raw materials, purchasing, product take back, energy use, life cycle analysis; and
* Support functions such as finance, personnel and recruitment, marketing and publicity, and general administration.

Structure Of Procedure:

The procedures may be developed in the format…

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