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OHSAS Certification- Mandatory for All Companies in Colombia


LARM Colombia has always been a company worried about its clients, workers, stakeholders and suppliers´ satisfaction, security and safety. This is the reason why the company recently updated the ISO 9001 certification to its latest version: 2015.

Nowadays not only the service quality is the top of mind issue for the companies. Health and safety has become a very important one as well. This is why Colombian Government has made the implementation of the OHSAS 18001 a must with a deadline of January 31st, 2017 for all small, medium and large companies across the country.  OHSAS is a framework for occupational health and safety management system. Its goal is to help companies to put in place the policies, procedures and controls needed for organizations to achieve the best possible working conditions and workplace health and safety, aligned to internationally recognized best practices.

In addition to the Colombian law requirements, LARM Colombia is aware that implementing OHSAS 18001 is full of benefits such as: Identifying hazards on time and putting controls in place to manage them; creating the best possible working conditions; reducing workplace accidents and illnesses to cut related costs and downtime; engage and motivate staff with better and safer working conditions; among others.

In the end, since LARM Colombia is seeking customers and investors satisfaction, the company has decided to implement an integrated system that covers not only service quality and workers health and safety, but also information security and environmental concerns, the Integrated Management System (IMS).

Written by Angelica Escobar

LARM Colombia Country Director

Bureau Veritas, ISO Certificate No. US011293
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