OHSAS 18001 Gap Analysis Audit
OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA 18001 is the international standard that ensures safety and health at the workplace. It is the organization that has to show compliance with the provisions set out in this standard by ensuring that it is implementing OSHA 18001 at its workplace.
The aim of carrying out OSHA 18001 is to ensure that there is good management of work-related safety and ergonomics at the workplace. It seeks to reduce accidents and work-related health issues.
What is the role of gap analysis?
Gap analysis is all about determining if the organization’s safety management systems sit in sync with the requirements set out in OSHA 18001. Like all other gap analyses; OSHA 18001 gap analysis audit too, should be done before an organization puts its safety system in place. This is because of the obvious reason that it makes sense to carry this out at an earlier stage than later.
The aim of the gap analysis is to prevent future gaps and maladjustments into the organization’s safety systems. Carrying out this audit is also helpful in identifying areas of safety that matter most to employees, gauge the resources needed for carrying this out, and acting on these.
Documentation is at the heart
When an OSHA auditor visits your place, make sure that your documents on safety are in place. Make sure you have all the details they will ask for, such as the number of employees in the workplace; safety measures in place till now; the number, if any, of employees with physical challenges, and what has been done to address them, and the like.
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