Safety Management System

A Safety management system (SMS) is a term used to refer to a comprehensive business management system designed to manage safety elements in the workplace.

The importance of managing occupational health and safety is recognized by all interested parties: employers, employees, customers, suppliers, insurers, shareholders, contractors, regulatory agencies and the wider community.

Employers today confront bigger challenges than ever before, not least in the field of occupational health and safety where they face:

  • – More rigorous health and safety regulations
  • – Greater penalties for negligence
  • – Rising compensation costs
  • – Costly medical claims
  • – Increasing rates of illness and injury
  • – Pressure to retain workers and ensure employee satisfaction.

Instead of reacting to work-related incidents a SMS will help employers adopt a preventative and proactive approach which involves identifying workplace hazards and assessing and controlling risk.

The benefits of a SMS include:

  • – A reduction in lost working days
  • – Fewer workplace accidents
  • – Fewer medical claims
  • – Recognition by insurers and regulators
  • – A more disciplined approach to safety
  • – Improved employee motivation, retention and satisfaction
  • – Reduced legal costs
  • – Less time and money spent on accident-related investigation and paperwork.

ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, is the world’s first International Standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S). It provides a framework to increase safety, reduce workplace risks and enhance health and well-being at work, enabling an organization to proactively improve its OH&S performance.

The requirements specified in ISO 45001,1 are intended for incorporation into any OH&S management system. The Standard is relevant to all employers, whatever the size or nature of the business.

Trade Safety Ltd can help you implement a SMS suitable and relevant to your organisation.

On successful implementation of your SMS your organisation can be accredited to the OHSAS 18001 standard.

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