Nov. 30, 2012
-- The HSE has revamped the section of their website dealing with health and safety in the office environment. Often considered to be ‘low risk’, office occupational work and safety can be side-lined for other items considered to be more important by managers working in the office. However, even though office workers aren’t going to be working high up on a scaffold or delving into a confined space there are a number of considerations to be taken into account when it comes to employees in an office space.
“Obviously, risks for office workers are lower than those working on a construction site or in a factory, due to the nature of their job role. This doesn’t mean, however, that there are no risks, and employers still have the same duty of care no matter where the working environment is” says Greville Payne OHSAS 18001 assessor of QMS International plc. “The OHSAS 18001 can really help to clear up any health and safety issues in the work place by implementing a health and safety management system, covering everything from risk assessments to accident books to both try and reduce the number of accidents, and stop a repeat incident. This new tool from the HSE will offer extra guidance to smaller businesses looking to ensure that they are living up to their legal obligations.”
Mark Hoban, Minister for Employment also has praise for the new HSE initiative highlighting the fact that it can help business to eradicate “wasted precious time and money on unnecessary bureaucracy.”
Greville Payne continued “We completely agree with the Minister for Employment, health and safety, if not implemented in a precise manner, can cause a great deal of unnecessary work. This is why we recommend OHSAS 18001, one of the main advantages of this standard is that it really does streamline your processes and leaves you with a system which is simple to use and easy to navigate, making your life a great deal easier when it comes to dealing with health and safety.”
If you would like to know more about the OHSAS 18001 certification, visit QMS International’
s website: www.qmsuk.com/ohsas-18001.php