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Dwˆ r Cymru Welsh Water | Annual Report of Health and Safety | 2009

Appendix 3

OHSAS 18001: 2007

Occupational health and safety assessment Sseries 18001:2007 (OHSAS) is the assessment specication for the Welsh Water occupational health & safety management system and is designed to consistently identify and control health and safety hazard and risk, reduce the potential for accidents, aid legislative compliance and improve our overall performance. As with ISO 9000 and ISO 14001, the OHSAS 18001 system uses a cycle of plan, do, check, review and improve as illustrated below.

The revision of our health and safety management system in 2008 culminated in the award of OHSAS 18001:2007 in February 2009 and has further assisted Welsh Water to promote a safe and healthy working environment, by providing a robust framework that allows Welsh Water to consistently identify and control health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents, aids our legislative compliance and improve overall performance.

The following key areas are addressed by OHSAS 18001 and the Welsh Water health and safety management system;

  • Planning for hazard identication, risk assessment and risk control

  • OHSAS management programme

  • Structure and responsibility

  • Training, awareness and competence

  • Consultation and communication

  • Operational control

  • Emergency preparedness and response

  • Performance measuring, monitoring and improvement

This certication process, and subsequent regular compliance audits to maintain the certication, will ensure that we continue to take eective measures and implement the necessary rigorous controls to identify and manage the health and safety risks associated with our business activities.

SGS UK is our independent assessment and accreditation organisation that undertakes the bi-annual audit programme.

Continuous Improvement

Management Review


Checking and

and Operation

Corrective Action

OH&S Policy



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