The Bulgarian legislation on health & safety has been harmonized with the respective EU Directives and practices. Thus, the regulatory framework in this aspect of company management is in line with the trends in the most advanced countries.
However, the laws and regulations contain specific requirements which are usually interpreted only from a technical viewpoint to ensure the safety of the people (which is the ultimate objective of the legislation). The regulations do not address the management side of the issue: how to organize the activities aimed at achieving optimal health & safety conditions.
OHSAS 18001 is an international management standard which helps the company leadership to develop and maintain a comprehensive system of safety measures. It is common practice for companies to go for OHSAS 18001 after they have developed a more generic management system (e.g., based on ISO 9001). Thus, OHSAS 18001 is usually a part of an integrated management system based on common logic and procedures, including the specific guidelines and activities relevant for health & safety.
Top Management Advisors offers support in designing and developing health & safety systems meeting the requirements of both the standard and the relevant legislation. In many cases, formal certification to OHSAS 18001 is a valuable add-on to the reputation of a company (or even a requirement for bidding in public tenders) and it is worth the effort because it helps substantially in maintaining the company’s compliance to the respective statutory requirements.
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