What is OHSAS 18001?
The OHSAS 18001 standard (may also be mistakenly referred to as ISO 18001) is internationally accepted as a method of assessing and auditing occupational health and safety management systems. Developed by leading trade and international standards bodies, it provides a framework for organizations to instigate proper and effective management of health & safety in the workplace.
By having a clearly defined management system in place to identify and control health and safety risks, organizations are able to minimize risks to their workforce and visitors or external contractors on their premises. The standard will enable organizations to put in place processes for continually reviewing and improving occupational health and safety.
Key areas that will be assessed by OHSAS certification
Achieving a structured health and safety management system throughout the organization will demonstrate your commitment to the welfare of your staff and external parties.
It will provide a framework to implement the OHSAS 18001 requirements and a process for continual improvement.
The development of a robust and manageable system will provide benefits to the organization and its workforce. Cost savings and a reduction in accidents are just two of the many benefits. Click here to read about some of the other benefits of achieving certification.
Who is it for?
OHSAS 18001 is suitable for all types of organization wanting to become more efficient in managing and reducing accidents in the workplace.
By setting up systems that are assessed by a third party certification body, organizations will prove to their staff, suppliers and customers that they take health and safety seriously.
OHSAS 18001 accreditation provides a framework to help organizations meet their legal obligations to Health and Safety in the workplace.
Benefits of OHAS 18001
An effective health and safety management system can provide benefits to your customers and give you a competitive advantage by:
Benefits to the organization include:
OHSAS 18001 Assessment Process
A good start will be to carry out an internal audit on all areas that will need to be part of an OHSAS audit by identifying hazards and carrying out risk assessments.
You will need support from the entire management team to implement processes across all areas of the organization.
Some things you will need to consider:
Regular audits will be carried out to check processes are being followed and documentation is kept up to date.
During the audit you will be assessed on: