WHAT IS OHSAS 18001 CERTIFICATION - OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (OHSAS)
The Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series, OHSAS 18001 Certification, has been developed to help organizations control and minimize occupational health and safety risks. OHSAS 18001 is a specific standard for occupational health and safety management systems designed to eliminate or minimize the risk to employees and other interested parties who may be exposed to occupational health and safety risks associated with the business’ activities. OHSAS 18001 is compatible with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 management systems. OHSAS 18001 represents a progression of a management system philosophy, from quality to environmental, continuing to occupational health and safety.
WHAT DOES OHSAS 18001 REQUIRE?
OHSAS 18001 focuses on the identification, elimination , and continual improvement of hazards and risks within the work environment. The OHSAS management system methodology is based on planning for hazard identification, risk assessment, and risk control. The OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) incorporates ISO management system elements to address theserisks. Many organizations are implementing an Occupational Health and Safety Management System(OHSMS) as part of their risk management strategy to address changing legislation and protect their workforce.
An OHSMS promotes a safe and healthy working environment by providing a framework that allows organizations to consistently identify and control its health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents, aid legislative compliance and improve overall performance.
OHSAS 18001 is the internationally recognized assessment specification for occupational health and safety management systems. It was developed by a selection of leading trade bodies, international standards and certification bodies to address a gap where no third-party certifiable international standard exists.