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OHSAS 18001

What is OHSAS 18001

OHSAS 18001:2007 is the International Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard.

It was published in July 2007, superseding OHSAS 18001:1999, and is intended to address occupational health and safety (OH&S) rather than product safety. 

OHSAS 18001 provides a framework to the effective management of OH&S including compliance with the legislation that applies to your activities and identified hazards. 

The standard is applicable to any organisation that wishes to eliminate or minimize risk to employees and other stakeholders who may be exposed to OH&S risks associated with its activities. 

Many organizations will have elements required by OHSAS 18001 already in place which can be supplemented to provide a more cohesive management system to meet the requirements of the standard.

Organisations that implement OHSAS 18001 have a clear management structure with defined authority and responsibility, clear objectives for improvement, with measurable results and a structured approach to risk assessment. This includes the monitoring of health and safety management failures, auditing of performance and review of policies and objectives.

Benefits of OHSAS 18001:2007

In a competitive marketplace, your customers are looking for more than just keen pricing from their suppliers. Companies need to demonstrate that their businesses are managed efficiently and responsibly and that they can provide a reliable service without excessive downtime caused by work-related accidents and incidents. 

Certifying your BS OHSAS 18001 management system enables your organization to prove that it conforms to the specification and provides the following benefits:

  • Customer satisfaction - through delivery of products that consistently meet customer requirements whilst safeguarding their health and property
  • Reduced operating costs - by decreasing down-time through incidents and ill health and reducing costs associated with legal fees and compensation
  • Improved stakeholder relationships - by safeguarding the health and property of staff, customers and suppliers
  • Legal compliance - by understanding how statutory and regulatory requirements impact the organization and its customers
  • Improved risk management - through clear identification of potential incidents and implementation of controls and measures
  • Proven business credentials - through independent verification against recognized standards
  • Ability to win more business - particularly where procurement specifications require certification as a condition to supply

How to achieve OHSAS 18001 certification - OHSAS 18001 implementation / Certification steps

We offer a well defined and globally proven implementation methodology for OHSAS 18001-2007 certification.

  • Gap Analysis
  • Awareness Training
  • Hazard analysis and risk analysis
  • Documentation Design and finalization
  • Implementation
  • Internal Auditor Training and conduct of internal audit
  • Management Review Meeting
  • Review of Implementation
  • Pre-assessment audit
  • Stage 1 – certification audit
  • Stage 2 – certification audit
  • Award of OHSAS 18001 certification
  • Continual improvement of the system through value added consulting and training services

What are the requirements of OHSAS 18001 standard ?

General requirements

Clause 4.1 General requirements
The organization shall establish, document, implement, maintain and continually improve an OH&S management system in accordance with the requirements of this OHSAS Standard and determine how it will fulfill these requirements.

OH&S policy

Clause 4.2 OH&S policy
Top management shall define and authorize the organization’s OH&S policy and ensure that within the defined scope of its OH&S management system it:

Hazard identification, risk assessment and determining controls

Clause 4.3.1
The organization shall establish, implement and maintain a procedure(s) for the ongoing hazard identification , risk assessment, and determination of necessary controls.

Legal and other requirements

Clause 4.3.2
The organization shall establish, implement and maintain a procedure(s) for identifying and accessing the legal and other OH&S requirements that are applicable to it.

Objectives and program(s)

Clause 4.3.3
The organization shall establish, implement and maintain documented OH&S objectives, at relevant functions and levels within the organization.

Resources, roles, responsibility, accountability and authority

Resources, roles, responsibility, accountability and authority in OHSAS 18001 Clause 4.4.1

Competence, training and awareness

Clause 4.4.2
The organization shall ensure that any person(s) under its control performing tasks that can impact on OH&S is (are) competent on the basis of appropriate education, training or experience, and shall retain associated records.

Communication, participation and consultation

Clause 4.4.3
1. Communication

Documentation

Clause 4.4.4
The OH&S management system documentation shall include:

Control of documents

Clause 4.4.5
Documents required by the OH&S management system and by this OHSAS Standard shall be controlled.

Operational control

Clause 4.4.6
The organization shall determine those operations and activities that are associated with the identified hazard(s) where the implementation of controls is necessary to manage the OH&S risk(s). This shall include the management of change (see 4.3.1).

Emergency preparedness and response

Clause 4.4.7
The organization shall establish, implement and maintain a procedure(s):

Performance measurement and monitoring

Clause 4.5.1
The organization shall establish, implement and maintain a procedure(s) to monitor and measure OH&S performance on a regular basis. This procedure(s) shall provide for:

Evaluation of compliance

Clause 4.5.2
4.5.2.1 Consistent with its commitment to compliance [see 4.2c)], the organization shall establish, implement and maintain a procedure(s) for periodically evaluating compliance with applicable legal requirements (see 4.3.2).

Incident investigation, nonconformity, corrective action and preventive action

Incident investigation, nonconformity, corrective action and preventive action Clause 4.5.3 – OHSAS 18001:2007

Control of records

Clause 4.5.4
The organization shall establish and maintain records as necessary to demonstrate conformity to the requirements of its OH&S management system and of this OHSAS Standard, and the results achieved.

Internal audit

Clause 4.5.5
The organization shall ensure that internal audits of the OH&S management system are conducted at planned intervals to:

Management review

Clause 4.6
Top management shall review the organization’s OH&S management system, at planned intervals, to ensure its continuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness. Reviews shall include assessing opportunities for improvement and the need for changes to the OH&S management system, including the OH&S policy and OH&S objectives.

Integrate OHSAS 18001 with other management system standards

OHSAS 18001 is designed to be compatible with other management systems standards and specifications, such as ISO 9001, ISO 22000, ISO 17025, ISO 27001, ISO 14001 and other ISO management standards. They can be integrated seamlessly through Integrated Management system approach. They share many principles so choosing an integrated management system can offer excellent value for money and an easier approach to implement, manage and improve multiple standards simultaneously.

What we offer in the field of OHSAS 18001 standard and certification

As one of the largest OHSAS management system certification consulting companies across the world with clients in more than 5 countries, our knowledge and experience of the standards is unsurpassed. We understand how to fully exploit the benefits of your quality management system to ensure you unlock the true potential in your organization.

We provide unmatched expertise and technical competence to ensure that your OHSAS 18001 environment management system certification project adds value to your organization. 

We provide consulting, training, internal audits, pre assessment audits and facilitation during OHSAS 18001 certification audit. 

We offer our global knowledge moulded locally to bring in the best results for our clients and partner their journey of standardization, compliance, growth, success and continual improvements.

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