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SS506:Part3:2013 - Occupational Safety and Health (OHS) Management System : Requirements for the chemical industry
SS506: Part 3:2013 standard is specifically for industry involved in storage & manufacturing handling of hazardous substances such as chemical and petrochemical industries. It addresses the OSH processes rather than products/services.
SOCOTEC Certification Singapore (SCS) was the first certification body accredited by Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) for this scheme.
According to SPRING Singapore website, Occupational Health and Safety or OSH is a key concern for chemical and process industries as these industries intrinsically carry higher risks and handle hazardous materials. An effective OSH management system enables these industries to manage their OSH risks and prevents accidents which could have a great impact on business continuity, business opportunities and customers’ confidence.
SS506: Part3 was developed by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the Association of Process Industry (ASPRI), Association of Safety Auditing Firms, representatives from chemical companies, their contractors and service providers, and safety consultants and published by SPRING Singapore.
With SS506: Part3, organisations would be able to satisfy the requirements of both the BS OHSAS 18001 and the mandatory WSH in one single audit instead of dual audit by preparing their OSH management systems according to the standard. This cuts cost and saves time and resources spent on auditing.
Key Benefits of SS506:Part3
- Eliminate or minimise risk to employees and other interested parties who may be exposed to OH&S risks associated with your organisation’s activities.
- Assurance of compliance to any relevant legislation, thereby reducing the risk of penalties
- Improve operational efficiency through accident management reduction and reduction in downtime
- Demonstrate commitment to health and safety to stakeholders