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Implementing an ISO/OHSAS management system: the general steps
- Plan system, taking into account a) business objectives; b) business structure; c) requirements of the relevant Standard(s); d) identified compliance gaps.
- Define policy statement, ensuring that it is a) unique to your business, b) written in your language, and c) user-friendly.
- Define processes (core and support) and their interaction.
- Document core processes (preferably in flow chart form).
- Document core sub-processes with work instructions as necessary.
- Document key support processes as necessary (i.e. training, purchasing, document control, etc.)
- Identify or establish key system performance metrics (i.e. cost of poor quality); identify baseline and commence data gathering and analysis.
- Establish document distribution system such that system documents are reasonably available to those that need them.
- Orient / train work force in a) aspects of the system that everyone has to know (such as the policy statement, and their role in the corrective action process) and b) aspects of the system specific to their jobs.
- Internally audit system to confirm that it is understood, implemented, and compliant with the Standard. (Some processes may require re-audit after corrective action.)
- Hold initial management review.
- Select registration body.
- Undergo registration audit.
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