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Benefits of the Formal Health and Safety Management System OHSAS 18001:2007
Benefits of the EMS ISO 14001:2004
Benefits of Quality Management System ISO 9001:2000
Benefits of Six Sigma

Benefits of the Formal Health and Safety Management System OHSAS 18001:2007

The benefits of the Occupation Health and Safety Management System connects with the level of development of the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard.

The first level of development is the compliance phase, and this phase normally focuses on getting a basic system in place and compliance with regulatory requirements and the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard. Usually, the internal audits reveal numerous conformance deficiencies, and if the companies realize only initial significant benefits and never move to the next level of development, then such companies may complain that the management system no longer provides valuable benefits.

The next level of development is the effectiveness phase, and this phase normally focuses on results and occurs when conformance becomes less of an issue. Usually, the internal audits take more time considering the effectiveness of processes, and all the areas, where the effectiveness is not appropriate, are targeted for improvement. Also, the internal audits uncover more and more opportunities for improvement. In this phase, the profitability of the company grows because of higher productivity and improved performance.

The final level of development is the continual improvement phase, and this phase normally focuses on hazard elimination and error proofing. In this phase, the internal audits concentrate on the implementation of best practices. Innovation and creativity become widespread throughout the company. At this phase, all of the primary benefits are realized and profitability grows constantly and significantly.

The OHSAS 18001:2007

Improves company image by demonstrating a commitment to implement, maintain and constantly improve an Occupational Health and Safety System, which creates a corporate culture that values worker safety as much as production and profit

Provides effective means of continuous improvement in workers' protection and Health and Safety statistics

Improves organization's public reputation

Improves employees involvement, increasing productivity and employees morale

Provides a framework to assist in identifying applicable legislation from approximately 300 items currently in place

States a clear set of objectives for improvement, with measurable results

Requires monitoring of compliance with identified legislation (approximately 25 company directors are currently serving prison sentences as a result of health and safety violations)

Promotes communication and consultation with all employees on matters relating to health and safety

Helps participating organizations meet requirements of due diligence and reasonable care imposed by law

Creates and maintains positive communications with all interested parties, including the legal authorities, shareholders, financial institutions, insurances, and others

Improves response time and accident prevention

Improves the effectiveness and efficiency of corrective and preventative actions management

Provides the monitoring of health and safety management issues, auditing of performance through policies and procedures and review of policies and objectives

Requires a planned and documented approach to health and safety training

Provides solid ground to establish assessment and control of the Occupational Health and Safety risks

Reduces the risk of emergency situations, work-related accidents and illness

Reduces or even eliminates likelihood of paying regulatory compliance fees, fines, and liabilities associated with Occupational Health and Safety injuries, accidents and illness

Reduces risk of citations and penalties

Provides instant visibility of corporate-wide Health and Safety data

Reports incidents and investigation information consistently across your business

The OHSAS 18001:2007 management system can be applied to any type of business. Certification of approval to OHSAS 18001 series is separate from other management system certificates, as the service is not accredited but was developed to reduce and prevent accidents and accident-related injury resulting in loss of lives and resources. OHSAS 18001:2007 is unique in its global acceptance and practical way of delivering a better work environment and continued improvement. To conclude, you may implement the OHSAS 18001:2007 and make a self-determination and declaration of conformance with this standard.

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Benefits of the EMS ISO 14001:2004

Responsible business is possible! Let's implement the Environmental Management System and improve profitability and efficiency while saving our planet.

Environmental Management System's purpose is to improve the value of companies through risk and cost reduction, revenue enhancement, and profitability. Also, the EMS' shared principles with the Quality Management System series ISO 9000 and the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series OHSAS 18001 enable integration of both the Quality and Occupational Health and Safety Systems. Below are the benefits of the EMS:

Benefits to the environment - EMS reduces hazardous and non-hazardous waste to a minimum and provides conservation of resources, such as electricity, gas, space, and water.

Saving costs - EMS's innovations always lead to economic growth and improved management of environmental risk.

Cost savings can often be realized and achieved by focusing on potential savings, such as the reduction of resource consumption and waste outputs.

Further, reductions of costs are associated with emissions, discharges, waste handling, transport and disposal.

By focusing work to objectives and targets and establishing monitoring and control, companies also reduce costs.

The implementation of the ISO 14001:2004 improves businesses relationships with insurance companies, allows negotiations, and reduction in premiums.

Shareholder's satisfaction always increases with the elimination of waste and reduction of costs, which is associated with conformance to national and local standards.

Companies, certified with the ISO 14000 series, have improved access to capitals, investments, loans, etc.

EMS ISO 14001:2004 emphasizes continual improvement that leads companies to discover new ideas and ways of cost savings, profitability, and growth.

Managing the Risks - reduce legal, financial and reputation-related liabilities by providing a systematic approach to current and forthcoming legislation and other requirements.

With increasing environmental legislation, backed by heavy penalties, it is no longer prudent to ignore legal responsibilities; however, one cannot make good decisions without a reasonable knowledge of your Risk. The Risk Assessment provides insight into the Risk involved, and answers three basic questions:

1. What can go wrong?

2. How likely is it?

3. What are the consequences?

Therefore, every effort shall be made to reduce the Environmental Risk.

Creating marketing opportunities - environmental awareness amongst consumers continues to grow, and opportunities appear for winning new sales and consolidating existing businesses by promoting the environmental characteristics of the company's products and services.

The EMS ISO 14001:2004 certification provides a much better competitive reputation because when you are seen as a green Company, it gives you a competitive edge and ability to compete on government tenders, makes you more attractive to the market place, and allows you to meet national and international government purchasing requirements.

Communicating information - EMS implementation significantly improves the companies' internal and external communication, resulting in more organized, higher quality environmental information being shared and generally available for discussion.

EMS enables profound communication and a more motivated workforce. Sharing your commitment to be green with employees encourages them, and more involves them in business. Then, employees better understand and support internal changes.

When you share your commitment to be green with external constituencies, they also appreciate your efforts and support your decisions and innovations.

Operating wisely - EMS integrates efficiency and discipline, helps ease the obtaining of operational permits and authorizations, generally improves all communications with regulatory and government bodies, and assists in integrating technology within the Company.

Leading Companies - Leadership in Environmental Management. At a time when NIMB "Not in My Backyard" thinking can channel how regulations are enacted and enforced, it makes sense for companies to recognize the power of communication in influencing others and to go beyond simply setting objectives, writing plans, and putting a proactive external communication program in place. Forward-thinking companies work on a definition and a procedure for sharing environmental information with external constituencies when they exceed targets for source reduction and waste minimization within their facilities.

Establishing Public Relationships - validates your environmental commitment to the community and sing the praises of your efforts.

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Benefits of Quality Management System ISO 9001:2000

To be really efficient and effective, the organization can manage its way of doing things by systemizing it. In order to grow the organization and involve more people in the process, there shall be written polices, procedures, instructions, and records that help ensure that everyone is not just "doing his or her own thing" but exactly knows who is responsible for doing what, when, how, why, and where. The organization shall go about its business in an orderly and structured way, ensure that nothing important is left out, so time, money and other resources are utilized efficiently, and the organization's products and services meet the objective, such as complying to regulations and satisfying the customer's quality requirements.

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Benefits of Six Sigma

Customers:

Customer based approach.

Measure how well your process performs in meeting your customer needs.

Improved customer loyalty and relations.

Fewer customer complaints.

Team:

Team building.

Employee motivation.

Reductions of incidents.

Management:

Management training.

Data based decisions.

Time management.

Systematic problem solving.

Strategic planning.

Reduction of wasted resources:

Reduced cycle time.

Lower costs to provide goods and services.

Less waste.

Effective supply chain management.

Results:

Sustained gains and improvements.

Increased margins.

Greater market share.