OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
Organizations of all kinds are increasingly concerned with achieving and demonstrating sound occupational health and safety ( OHSAS ) performance by controlling their OH&S risks, consistent with their OH&S policy and objectives.
BS 18001:2007 OHSAS specifies OHSAS 18001 requirements for an OHSAS 18001 management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and information about OH&S risks. It is intended to apply to all types and sizes of organizations and to accommodate diverse geographical, cultural and social
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.
The audit can be undertaken by a number of Certification bodies, however it is important to note that not all auditing organizations are UKAS accredited. If you do not use a UKAS accredited auditor your certification could end up being worthless.
What does OHSAS 18001 cover?
The audit reviews the status of your organization’s occupational health and safety management system against defined requirements. This will be undertaken via document review, interviews with key personnel and an inspection of your organization’s premises. This process will include sampling of operational activities to ensure effective implementation of the health and safety management system.
Upon successful completion, your organization will be awarded BS OHSAS 18001 certification and you will receive a certificate and logo to demonstrate your achievement
OHSAS 18001:2007 addresses the following key areas:
- Hazard identification, risk assessment and determining control
- Legal and other requirements
- Objectives and OHS program(s)
- Resources, roles, responsibility, accountability and authority
- Competence, training and awareness
- Communication, participation and consultation
- Operational control
- Emergency preparedness and response
- Performance measuring, monitoring and improvement