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Diagnosis of poor safety culture as a major shortcoming in OHSAS 18001-certified companies

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The evaluation of safety performance in occupational health and safety assessment series (OHSAS) 18001-certified companies provides useful information about the quality of the management system. A certified organization should employ an adequate level of safety management and a positive safety culture to achieve a satisfactory safety performance. The present study conducted in six manufacturing companies: three OHSAS 18001-certified, and three non-certified to assess occupational health and safety (OHS) as well as OHSAS 18001 practices. The certified companies had a better OHS practices compared with the non-certified companies. The certified companies slightly differed in OHS and OHSAS 18001 practices and one of the certified companies had the highest activity rates for both practices. The results indicated that the implemented management systems have not developed and been maintained appropriately in the certified companies. The in-depth analysis of the collected evidence revealed shortcomings in safety culture improvement in the certified companies. This study highlights the importance of safety culture to continuously improve the quality of OHSAS 18001 and to properly perform OHS/OHSAS 18001 practices in the certified companies.

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Activity rates of the Sub-elements of OHSAS 18001 in the certified companies.
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fig_002: Activity rates of the Sub-elements of OHSAS 18001 in the certified companies.

Mentions: The assessment of activity rates for the main elements of OHSAS 18001 indicated that checking and OHS planning had the highest and lowest rates respectively. Certified 1 had the highest and certified 3 had the lowest activity rates. The companies slightly differed in activity rates of the main elements of OHSAS 18001. They had identical rates for review, but certified 1 has a higher rate for OHS policy (Fig. 1). Detailed analysis of the activity rates for sub-elements of the OHSAS 18001 standard indicated that documentation had the highest, but the hazard identification, risk assessment and determining control’s item had the lowest rate of activity. The rates of other sub-elements did not noticeably differ between the companies. The companies had identical rates for documentation, control of documents, control of records, and internal auditing (Fig. 2).Fig. 1.


Diagnosis of poor safety culture as a major shortcoming in OHSAS 18001-certified companies
Activity rates of the Sub-elements of OHSAS 18001 in the certified companies.
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fig_002: Activity rates of the Sub-elements of OHSAS 18001 in the certified companies.
Mentions: The assessment of activity rates for the main elements of OHSAS 18001 indicated that checking and OHS planning had the highest and lowest rates respectively. Certified 1 had the highest and certified 3 had the lowest activity rates. The companies slightly differed in activity rates of the main elements of OHSAS 18001. They had identical rates for review, but certified 1 has a higher rate for OHS policy (Fig. 1). Detailed analysis of the activity rates for sub-elements of the OHSAS 18001 standard indicated that documentation had the highest, but the hazard identification, risk assessment and determining control’s item had the lowest rate of activity. The rates of other sub-elements did not noticeably differ between the companies. The companies had identical rates for documentation, control of documents, control of records, and internal auditing (Fig. 2).Fig. 1.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

The evaluation of safety performance in occupational health and safety assessment series (OHSAS) 18001-certified companies provides useful information about the quality of the management system. A certified organization should employ an adequate level of safety management and a positive safety culture to achieve a satisfactory safety performance. The present study conducted in six manufacturing companies: three OHSAS 18001-certified, and three non-certified to assess occupational health and safety (OHS) as well as OHSAS 18001 practices. The certified companies had a better OHS practices compared with the non-certified companies. The certified companies slightly differed in OHS and OHSAS 18001 practices and one of the certified companies had the highest activity rates for both practices. The results indicated that the implemented management systems have not developed and been maintained appropriately in the certified companies. The in-depth analysis of the collected evidence revealed shortcomings in safety culture improvement in the certified companies. This study highlights the importance of safety culture to continuously improve the quality of OHSAS 18001 and to properly perform OHS/OHSAS 18001 practices in the certified companies.

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