As 2008 drew to a close, Lederer GmbH became the first supplier of stainless steel fasteners and C-parts management systems to introduce an Occupational Health and Safety Assessment System (OHSAS); it obtained certification for this system under BS OHSAS 18001:2007, the world's best-known and most significant standard for an OHSAS (BS = British Standard).
"The objective of this newly-installed management system is to make operational risks recognizable, reducible and controllable for all the employees", says Jörg Baumann, head of QM and certification specialist at Lederer. This means more than just the elimination of possible sources of risk and the responsible handling of procedures that involve risks.
That's because it provides a number of competitive advantages:
In overall terms, increasing the level of safety awareness at work will bring about an improvement in the safety culture within the company.
Motivation and staff loyalty are boosted by our implementation of the duty of care and social responsibility towards our employees.
Labour- and cost-intensive downtimes and stoppages are avoided, resulting in faster order processing and consistently punctual goods delivery.
The consolidation of our image as a safe and reputable company increases the trust shown in us by our employees, customers, partners and suppliers and the general public.
Compliance with legal and official conditions and the foresighted integration of the OHSAS at all management levels reduce the liability and planning risks in strategic corporate development.
All good things come in threes
As a British standard, too, OHSAS 18001 is “compatible” with the management systems according to DIN EN ISO. International certification authorities such as TÜV Rheinland were involved in its formulation. That's why it is based closely on the international standards 9001:2000 (QM) and 14001:2004 (UM) and is smoothly dovetailed with them.
In this way, Lederer was able to set up an integrated management system in which all three certification areas (quality, environment and safety at work / health protection) complement and fortify each other.
It's being done for the sake of the employees' health and safety and the well-being of all our families, partners and customers.
The 18001-certificate is downloadable here.