Saf Health Work.  2017 Jun;8(2):156-161. 10.1016/j.shaw.2016.09.001.

Evaluation of the Quality of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Based on Key Performance Indicators in Certified Organizations

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Occupational Hygiene, School of Public Health and Research, Center for Health Sciences, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran.
  • 2Department of Occupational Hygiene, School of Public Health, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran. m.kamalinia@umsha.ac.ir
  • 3Department of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.
  • 4Department of Health Management, School of Public Health, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran.
  • 5Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems are becoming more widespread in organizations. Consequently, their effectiveness has become a core topic for researchers. This paper evaluates the performance of the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series 18001 specification in certified companies in Iran.
METHODS
The evaluation is based on a comparison of specific criteria and indictors related to occupational health and safety management practices in three certified and three noncertified companies.
RESULTS
Findings indicate that the performance of certified companies with respect to occupational health and safety management practices is significantly better than that of noncertified companies.
CONCLUSION
Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series 18001-certified companies have a better level of occupational health and safety; this supports the argument that Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems play an important strategic role in health and safety in the workplace.

Keyword

Keywords; certified and noncertified companies; criteria; OHSAS 18001; performance indicators
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