OHSAS 18001 Consultancy


Organisations are coming under increasing commercial, regulatory and ethical pressures to control risk from their operations. Most organisations now ensure they comply with the appropriate legislation, with many realising the benefits a formalised approach to health and safety management systems can bring.


  • health and safety of your employees;
  • need to meet relevant legislation;
  • need to maintain a good business reputation;

are three compelling good reasons why you should take health and safety management seriously. Combined with the adverse publicity and subsequent loss of reputation arising from health and safety incidents, it makes good commercial sense to formalise any existing health and safety management system and opt for independent third-party certification to the occupational health and safety standard OHSAS 18001.

OHSAS 18001 specifies the requirements for an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) that will allow you to manage your occupational health and safety risks within your forensic laboratory as well as when undertaking any fieldwork or attending a crime scene. Implementation of OHSAS 18001 will assist you with legal health and safety compliance and identify where improvements can be made based on a comprehensive risk assessment of your business.

Service Offering

FCL can assist you in the following areas:

  • assistance in continuous improvement of your OHSMS;
  • assisting you at certification time;
  • basic training and instructions for your employees;
  • COSHH assessments;
  • development and implementation of specific risk assessment and risk management programmes;
  • development and implementation of tour health and safety policy;
  • development and implementation of your management system implementation to OHSAS 18001;
  • display screen equipment (DSE) assessment;
  • fire risk assessment; and fire risk management;
  • identification of hazards;
  • identification of legislative and regulatory requirements;
  • internal audit;
  • manual handling advice;
  • evidence handling advice;
  • recommend controls
  • resource identification (both in terms of quantity and competence);
  • safe systems development;
  • specific help with resolving improvement & prohibition notices;


Using the FCL approach to OHSAS 18001 covers:

  • defining the scope of the OHSMS;
  • understanding the business;
  • establishing the OHSMS;
  • embedding health and safety in your business;
  • implementing and operating the OHSMS;
  • monitoring and reviewing the OHSMS;
  • auditing the OHSMS;
  • management reviews of the OHSMS;
  • continuous improvement of the OHSMS.


The FCL approach builds a sound health and safety environment in your forensic laboratory by:

  • a positive reputation and health and safety track record;
  • aligning business needs with health and safety requirements;
  • assuring management and employees of health and safety measures in place;
  • demonstrating compliance verified by a third party Certification Body;
  • ensuring compliance with health and safety legislation and regulations;
  • ensuring safety of employees;
  • ensuring that critical staff have trained alternates;
  • ensuring that processes and procedures for health and safety are documented and tested;
  • increased staff awareness of health and safety issues both within the forensic laboratory or when working elsewhere;
  • making a public statement that you have addressed health and safety requirements in your organisation;
  • managing and treating significant risks to reduce them to an acceptable level in line with risk appetite;
  • potential reduced insurance premiums;
  • reducing the risk of accidents and therefore lower staff absence;
  • reducing the risk of fines and litigation;

Next Steps

  • FCL are justifiably proud of our 100% SUCCESS RATE, of achieving first time certification through an Accredited Certification Body for our Clients;
  • FCL is committed to providing a consistently high value service to our Clients;
  • David Lilburn Watson, who remains personally ‘hands-on’ throughout the process, manages this process.
  • to understand how the FCL suite of offerings can be used to transform your business, please contact us
  • we look forward to discussing your specific requirements, at your convenience;
  • we offer a free Health Check for OHSAS 18001;
  • whatever other type of consultancy you require, we can possibly offer a free Health Check.