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Many organizations find effective health and safety management brings great business benefit. Despite this, many fail to manage this discipline well and so:

  • 1.3 million people were suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. 550 000 of these were new cases
  • 152 workers were killed at work, a rate of 0.5 per 100 000 workers
  • 28.5 million days were lost overall (1.2 days per worker), 23.4 million due to work-related ill health and 5.1 million due to workplace injury.*

As a result of major accidents at work in recent years, greater emphasis has been placed on the management of occupational health and safety (OH&S) in legislation, which all employers MUST embrace.

BSI publications will make you aware of your responsibilities as an employer and can help you implement an effective health and safety management strategy. They have been developed to save lives and reduce injury, while improving your business reputation and helping you, through compliance, to avoid costly payouts.

Standards allow businesses to meet stringent benchmarks that are set and agreed by peers operating in the same business environment. Standards do not rely upon enforcement, which is where they differ from legislation. Standards aim to encourage and promote good practice as a good business decision and are down to the choice of the businesses involved.

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*Source: Key annual figures 2009/10, Health and Safety Executive, 2010


BS 8599-1:2011
Workplace first aid kits. Specification for the contents of workplace first aid kits

BS EN 12464-1:2011
Light and lighting. Lighting of work places. Indoor work places

BS OHAS 18001:2007
Occupational health and safety management systems. Requirements

BS OHSAS 18001:2007 (Paperback)
Occupational health and safety management systems. Requirements

BS OHSAS 18002:2008
Occupational health and safety management systems. Guidelines for the implementation of OHSAS 18001:2007

BS 18004:2008
Guide to achieving effective occupational health and safety performance

BS EN 60335-1:2002+A14:2010
Household and similar electrical appliances. Safety. General requirements

BS EN 60335-2-2:2010
Household and similar electrical appliances. Safety. Particular requirements for vacuum cleaners and water-suction cleaning appliances

BS 31100:2008
Risk management. Code of practice

BS EN 60204-1:2006+A1:2009
Safety of machinery. Electrical equipment of machines. General requirements

PAS 5748:2011 Specification for the planning, application and measurement of cleanliness services in hospitals PAS 5748:2011
Specification for the planning, application and measurement of cleanliness services in hospitals
This specification is free for NHS staff in England.
Find out more about PAS 5748

PAS 1010:2011 Guidance on the management of psychosocial risks in the workplace PAS 1010:2011
Guidance on the management of psychosocial risks in the workplace
Find out how PAS 1010 can help you manage and reduce the risk of workplace stress.
 

Use of Dementia Care Mapping for improved person-centred care in a care provider organization. GuidePAS 150
Providing rehabilitation services. Code of practice

View the YouTube videos about the launch of the specification for rehabilitation

 

Code of Practrice for Wheelchair Passports PAS 900:2010
Code of Practrice for Wheelchair Passports

 

 

Supporting health and safety books:

Risk management of machinery and work equipmentRisk management of machinery and work equipment
John Glover
Download a sample chapter
Read more about managing machinery risk in the workplace

 

Managing Safety the Systems Way. Implementing BS OHSAS 18001:2007
David Smith, Geoff Hunt and Clive Green
Download a sample chapter
Read more about guidance for implementing BS OHSAS 18001  

 

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