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OHSAS 18001 - Getting Started

BS OHSAS 18001 is the right choice when it comes to identifying and managing occupational health and safety risks and hazards – especially when you get started with us. We help you understand and apply BS OHSAS 18001 to your organization for safer working conditions, improved performance and new business opportunities.

Whether you’re new to BS OHSAS 18001 or looking to take your expertise further, we have the right support packages and training courses for you. We offer service packages that can be customized to your business to kick-start your health and safety management – cutting the cost of services you don’t need. A customized BS OHSAS 18001 package can be designed to remove the complexity of getting you where you want to be – whatever your starting point-offering peace of mind.

What is OHSAS 18001 Safety Management?

BS OHSAS 18001 is a truly international standard which sets out the requirements for occupational health and safety management good practice for any size of organization. It provides guidance to help you design your own health and safety framework – allowing you to bring all relevant controls and processes into one management system. BS OHSAS 18001 can also be adapted to all types of organizations to help eliminate or minimize operational risks and hazards. 18001 is designed to help you create the best possible working conditions in your organization – helping you to meet legal, industry and customer requirements.

What are the benefits of having an OHSAS 18001 Safety Management system?


  • Create the best possible working conditions across your organization
  • Identify hazards and put in place controls to manage them
  • Reduce workplace accidents and illness to cut related costs and downtime
  • Engage and motivate staff with better, safer working conditions
  • Demonstrate compliance to customers and suppliers

Implementing an OHSAS 18001 System


BS OHSAS 18001 does more than protect your employees – it reassures your current and prospective clients that you take your legal responsibility seriously, what’s more, it can provide you with that extra edge when tendering for new business opportunities. Work with us to build an occupational health and safety management system that will get the best results from safer working conditions. We appreciate every organization is unique and faces different hazards and risks. And each organization is at a different stage with their health and safety management. That’s why we offer bespoke packages to help you put health and safety first. ohsas-1 We’ll help you shape an OHSAS 18001 Project Plan with the systems you already have in place. And we’ll help you to identity and minimize health hazards and safety risks – while reassured staff and customers, enhanced brand and image, and preferred supplier status become part of your future.

Certification to OHSAS 18001

OHSAS 18001 certification gets your environmental management system recognized nationally and globally. Its demonstrates your compliance and commitment to industry-respected practices; keeps you competitive and opens up new business opportunities. We make the certification process simple. After we have received your enquiry, we will appoint one of our Environmental consultants who will guide you and your business through the following steps. Getting it Right ohsas-1 1. Get commitment and support from senior management. 2. Engage the whole organisation with good communication. 3. Encourage employee and supplier feedback on your current health and safety management. 4. Get staff involved by providing suitable training. 5. Regularly review your OHSAS 18001 system to make sure you are continually improving it. 1. Free Gap analysis – This is pre-assessment service where we take a look at your existing environmental management documentation and compare it with the requirements within the OHSAS 18001 standard. This helps us identify areas that need work before a formal (step 3) assessment, saving you time and money. 2. Develop an Environmental Management System – Our gap analysis will inform us what procedures and controls are needed to build your system up to OHSAS 18001 standards. Our bespoke packages means DGA can do as little, or as much to build your system, as your budget or time allows. We will then review your organization’s preparedness for assessment 3. Formal assessment – This happens in two stages. An external certification body will assess if all the requirements are in place, they will then assess the implementation of the procedures and controls within your organization to make sure that they are working effectively as required for certification. 4. Certification and beyond – When you have passed the formal assessment you will receive an OHSAS 18001 certificate, which is valid for three years. It’s not enough to get successfully certified and then expect your organization to keep performing at a high level, you need to focus on making compliance to a standard an ongoing habit – otherwise you won’t experience the long term benefits that standards bring. Our bespoke annual retainer packages allows for your DGA Consultant to stay in touch during this time, paying you regular visits to make sure your system doesn’t just remain compliant, but that it continually improves. Those benefits are real, but they require a genuine will to keep improving performance.

OHSAS 18001 Success for Sub Aqua Diving Services

Sub Aqua Diving Services Sub Aqua Diving Services (SADS), a family business based in Middlesbrough, were formed by Anthony Curtis in 1975. Anthony started his diving career back in the 1960’s and has completed diving operations on almost every conceivable scenario known, oil and gas, marine civil engineering and more recently the renewable energy sector to name a few. Anthony has now appointed his two sons (Paul & Derek) as directors in the company, and he continues to assist and provide all his knowledge and experience to help the company continue to perform and maintain the same standards he has set. Derek Curtis has now been appointed the Director of Operations for all Renewable Works/Projects. Paul Curtis has now been appointed the Director of Operations for all Inshore Works/Projects. SADS have worked all over the UK and overseas in a safe and professional manner. SADS are registered with the HSE as a diving contractor and is also a founding member of the Association of Diving Contractors (now ADC). SADS have been involved with the installation of offshore wind farms since 2002. North Hoyle, Barrow in Furness, Blyth, Lynn and inner Dowsing and Robin Rigg have all had SADS involvement with the provision of diving support. Targets & Objective SADS Management required their existing Safety management System be aligned and certified to OHSAS 18001. DGA Safety Consultancy were contacted by SADS having been ‘let down’ by other HSE Consultancies, on more than one occasion. Following a successful site meeting in January 2014, DGA Safety were contracted by SADS to establish and implement a permanent safety management system in time for their planned stage 1 audit at the beginning of March 2014. The scope included –

  • Development of an OHSAS 18001 policy
  • Re-write the existing H&S Manual to reflect the current activities of Sub Aqua
  • Implement bespoke working procedures for all SADS work activities
  • Perform a Fire Risk Assessment in line with current legislation
  • Implement an internal auditing procedure
  • Implement a register of legislative compliance
  • Perform a workplace inspection
  • Implement a register to track all H&S actions
  • Implement a sweep of bespoke H&S forms for SADS
  • Implementation of a bespoke training matrix for SADS personnel and sub-contractors

Outcome DGA worked closely with SADS Management throughout the project to ensure all of clauses within OHSAS 18001 and their own company requirements where met. “Sub Aqua Diving Services (UK) ltd would like to say thank you and say how satisfied we are with DGA safety and their team for the professional support they provided in helping us work towards OSHAS 18001 accreditation, with total review of our policies and procedures manuals and documentation. After being let down on numerous occasions with H&S support the new system they have put in place for us works well and is suited for our companies requirements and importantly meets the requirement of the standard, we aim to maintain a good relationship with DGA safety as we move forward in our business.” Derek Curtis – Director of Operations Successful certification to OHSAS 18001 was achieved, improving both the efficiency and profitability of the SADS business. DGA, in partnership with SADS have now developed a bespoke H&S consultancy (link to consultancy packages page here) package and continue working this thriving business DGA Safety Consultancy & Training Limited have also been contracted by SADS to re-write their Quality system in line with the new OHSAS 18001 system which will greatly improve the business.


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