Bespoke security solutions provider Ward Security has been awarded certification for achieving the Occupational Health & Safety Management System OHSAS 18001:2007.
The award represents an international occupational health and safety management system specification that has been developed to be compatible with the ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental) management systems standards.
The OHSAS specification gives requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, to enable Ward Security to control its OH&S risks and improve its performance.
“The standard provides a comprehensive specification to ensure that all aspects of the business are considered and managed,” said Nikhil Kamboj, associate director of compliance and IT. “It also shows that we are doing everything that is required from an employer’s point of view in regards of our workforce.”
“Whilst gaining this accreditation has involved considerable effort on our part, we believe that our customers will derive many benefits from the work that we have put in. It is about creating a safe working environment.”
The OHSAS specification is focused on continuous improvement, and the company has put plans in place to regularly measure the effectiveness of the standard on a regular basis.
“18001 illustrates to customers that we as a business are working to world class standards on a day-to-day basis, and therefore we are working both safely and effectively. It shows that as a security company we are prepared to go above and beyond the limitations of what we are expected to do,” explained Nikhil.
It took some three months to prepare for the certification process, although many of the procedures had already been put into place. “There were no significant internal changes made to achieve the standard,” Nikhil said, “just some minor improvements recommended to existing good management practices.”
“OHSAS 18001 certification is becoming increasingly important in the security market,” added Nikhil, “and is increasingly regarded as more of an operating standard that clients demand that we are looking after our employees. Increasingly it’s a tick-box on tender documents and to show that we have the standard – and are continuing to operate to it – gives us a competitive edge over our rivals in the market.”