What is AS/NZS 4801 Certification?
AS/NZS 4801 is the Australian and New Zealand certification standard for occupational health and safety.
Occupational health and safety is crucial to any business – without basic safety standards your business is opening itself up to accidents in the workplace..
Reduce your chances of accidents occurring in the workplace by becoming AS/NZS 4801 certified.
Why is this certification important to my business?
AS/NZS 4801 certification is critical to any business looking to create a safe working environment for employees and stakeholders. Not only can you use this certification to reduce workplace accidents and injuries, but you’re also opening up your organisation to new business opportunities.
Suppliers, manufacturers and other third parties can use your certification to ensure the safety of their own staff when working in your business. By having this safety management system and certification, you will be able to apply for tenders which require a business to have a proven track record of safety in the workplace.
Safety in the workplace is important for a business, no matter the industry. Whether it’s in mining or engineering, construction or freight, safety is crucial. No business can afford to have their staff or contractors injured on the job – it’s a drain on time and resources. It also damages the reputation of a business.
What is the difference between AS/NZS 4801 and OHSAS 18001?
There isn’t much of a difference between AS/NZS 4801 and OHSAS 18001 – both are safety standards to help protect your staff and the business. However, there are a few differences when looking at the certifications from an international perspective.
OHSAS 18001 is an internationally recognised standard and includes AS/NZS 4801 within its certificate. OHSAS 18001 also aligns closely with existing standards – i.e. quality and safety management.
If your business operates solely within Australia, it is okay to be AS/NZS 4801 certified. If the business is operating on an international scale or would like their certification to align with their other management systems, becoming OHSAS 18001 certified would be more appropriate.
What is the process of becoming AS/NZS 4801 certified?
The Plan-Do-Check-Act method is the guiding principle behind AS/NZS 4801. In the planning stage of the certification process, your business must determine the objectives.
Your plan will look at your organisations existing systems, and analysing areas of improvement. Your objectives will fit in roughly with the following plans:
- Minimising and avoiding injuries + illness
- Continual improvement on processes and standards
- Compliance with legal and other requirements
It is crucial your plans and objectives are measurable.
After your business has created a plan, you will need to implement the strategy within the safety management framework. You will then enter the checking process of certification, which will involve an audit from an independent auditor. They will analyse your plan, and compare it with the standard. If there are any improvements which need to be made, your business will need to action these to ensure you are compliant.
If your business has achieved certification, you must ensure regular reviews and internal audits are undertaken. These regular checks will help your business measure and improve the system.
Contact QMS today if you would like to become AS/NZS 4801 certified.
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