HSMS - Health and Safety Management Systems
Workers’ health and safety are two main issues that organizations have to face in order to answer to the increasing attention they are gathering from public opinion.
In this socio-economic context, organizations, in order to to stay competitive, must look for continuous improvement of their performance. A pro-active vision is therefore essential and is reflected in a structured and systematic approach to identification, assessment and control of risks for health and safety.
These concepts are the foundations on which a modern Management System Occupational Health and Safety (SGS & D) is based. The main reference is the OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series).
Main purposes in this standard are:
Removing the risks to which employees and other persons can be subject;
Building an image as a responsible company;
Improving the global performance of the company
Building, maintaining and improving continuously a H&S management system in order to control the risks for employees;
Obtaining the certification of the H&S management system from an external body.
Another relevant aspect of the OHSAS 18001 is its identical structure with ISO 14001: this eases the integration of the two systems which are already similar to a great extent.
Another reference to security management is made up of "Guidelines for a system of management of health and safety at work (SGSL)" published by UNI and INAIL. They represent an additional tool for companies who wish to voluntarily adopt a system of managing health and safety.