In addition to environmental, energy and quality management, occupational safety is an important cross-functional responsibility in any company. We support you in the introduction of an occupational health and safety management system compliant with OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) or OHRIS (Occupational Health- and Risk Management System), and advise you when necessary on its integration into an existing management system. Usually, we plan 12 months for the development of the occupational safety management system until it is ready for certification. In doing so, we prepare with you all of the necessary foundations for a successful certification, carry out the legal and organisational checks, and create the documentation for your occupational safety management system.
We also provide support in the regular tasks of occupational safety to many of our clients after the first certification, such as by internal audits, checks of legal regulations, training or as an external occupational-safety-management officer or specialist for work safety.
The objective of an occupational safety management system is a continuous improvement process in the company. The purpose is not only to improve the management system itself, but also the occupational health and safety of the company. As an example, for OHSAS 18001, this is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle (PDCA). Its central component is the regular conducting of an internal audit in order to check the effectiveness of the management system and to define any improvement and/or corrective measures required.
In addition to the formal aspects, the focus for us is on practical benefits for the company during an internal audit. To achieve this, we discuss with our clients how the management system can be filled with life and how it can permanently contribute added value for the business through measurable improvements. In addition to the use of our continuously evolving auditing instruments, the development of the auditing expertise of our clients is a central, critical function. We therefore acquaint our clients’ employees with their tasks within occupational health and safety, and enable them to selectively conduct independent internal audits. In this respect, we can carry out training in the context of a consultancy assignment, or occupational safety managers can participate in one of our seminars on the topic of internal audits. You can download our seminar programme here.
New laws, more stringent limit values, changing regulations: The determining factors of industrial safety law often change quickly, and the resulting obligations to act are not always clear at first glance to companies.
We offer occupational-safety compliance audits both to organizations with experience in occupational safety management as well as to companies that have not introduced an occupational safety management system, but that want to be up-to-date with regard to environmental regulations. We first determine all the statutory occupational safety regulations and provisions applicable to our clients, based on our constantly updated legal check-lists. Then we define clear and unambiguous operational rules, with which our clients can ensure the fulfilment of these requirements. If we ascertain deviations during a compliance audit, we determine the appropriate corrective action together. This brings transparency to the occupational safety situation and reduces the risk of liability of our clients.
In-plant representatives improve the financial controlling, legal security and organization of important topics within the company. In the area of occupational safety, it is even required by law that every company must be advised by a health and safety specialist or a safety engineer (German Occupational Safety Act “ASiG”). The minimum working times for health and safety specialists depend on the number of employees in the company and the specific hazard levels (see BGV A2). In most companies, staff members assume these functions in addition to their usual responsibilities. In this case, there is often not enough time available, and important items are sometimes missed during day-to-day business. To prevent this from happening, we assume the following functions of an occupational-safety officer for you:
- Health and Safety Specialist / Safety Engineer (compliant with Sec. 5 ASiG),
- Occupational Safety Management Representative (compliant with OHSAS 18001/OHRIS).
- Risk Prevention Officer (compliant with Secs. 1 and 1b, GbV).
As an external officer, we carry out inspections, support you in the identification and assessment of hazards, support you in the selection and testing of physical protection devices, help with the procurement of equipment and hazardous substances, and train your employees regarding existing accident and health risks in the plant.