Staff in the Nenagh Municipal District section of Tipperary County Council are celebrating after achieving certification to OHSAS 18001, a key Health and Safety standard.
OHSAS 18001 provides organisations with a framework to identify, control and decrease the risks associated with health and safety within the workplace.
Based in the Civic Offices in the town, the local authority manages the municipal district administrative functions, building facilities, Nenagh Castle tour guides, litter and traffic enforcement.
Representatives from the organisation were on hand to receive its OHSAS 18001 certificates at a special presentation ceremony at the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) offices in Dublin.
“Achieving NSAI certification in respect of OHSAS 18001 has helped develop a culture within Nenagh Municipal District that focuses on Health & Safety in a proactive manner. We worked together as a team and this approach will benefit us in all aspects of our work,” said Marcus O’ Connor, Director of Services, Nenagh Municipal District.
All of the organisations who achieved certification were independently audited by NSAI inspectors in order to ensure they complied with the standards. They join an elite group of over 3,000 organisations who are currently NSAI-certified in a variety of areas such as Quality Management Systems, Environmental Management Systems, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and Energy Management.
The 25 organisations honoured at the ceremony have offices or facilities in 15 different counties and were presented with their certificates by the Irish Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD.
“Achieving certification to the highest level is no easy feat, especially for SMEs, given the level of commitment needed and time required to do so,” said Minister Breen. “But the benefits are undoubtedly worth it. Standards improve efficiency, helping organisations to conserve money, manpower, time, facilities, and natural resources. They also help in breaking down trade barriers and open doors to new markets,” he added.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, NSAI Chief Executive Geraldine Larkin highlighted the importance of businesses using standards in uncertain times. “The question for industry is not what you gain from standards and certification; it's the business opportunities lost without them,” said Ms Larkin.
“Globally recognised standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and now ISO 45001 provide you with instant credibility: they differentiate your products, services and business,” she added.
NSAI invites members of the business community and the general public to get involved in the development of standards by visiting the Your Standards, Your Say web portal on www.nsainep.ie . All standards are also available from www.standards.ie
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