OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health & Safety Management System [OHSMS]

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OHSAS 18001 specifies requirements for occupational health and safety management systems. An Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) is a framework that allows an organization to consistently

  • Identify and control its occupational health and safety risks,
  • Reduce the potential for accidents,
  • Help achieve compliance with health and safety legislation and
  • Continually improve its Occupational, Health & Safety Performance.

OHSAS 18001 is an internationally accepted standard that defines the requirements for OHSMS. The standard was developed with the assistance of a number of international standards bodies and certification bodies. There is currently no international ISO standard suitable for independent third-party certification.

The following key areas are addressed by OHSAS 18001:

  • Hazard & Risk identification related to Health & Safety,
  • Framework for identifying High Risk Activities,
  • Occupational, Health & Safety Management Programme,
  • Training, awareness and competence Building
  • Operational control
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Measurement of organizational Health & Safety performance

Scope & Application

The Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) set of requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, to enable an organization to control its OH&S risks and improve its OH&S performance. This standard does not specify criteria for OH&S performance.

This OHSAS Standard is applicable to any organization that wishes to implement system approach to reduce Occupational, Health & Safety Risk and assure itself of its compliance to OH&S policy, Legal and other requirements.

The level of implementation complexity of the management system, the extent of documentation and the resources required for the same depend on a number of factors, such as the scope of the system, the size of an organization and the nature of its activities, products and services, and the organizational culture. This may be the case in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises.

OHSAS 18001:2007 Requirements

OHSAS 18001 second edition is focused on clarification of the first edition, and is based on requirements specified in ISO 9001, ISO14001, ILO-OSH, and other OH&S management system standards or publications and enhance the compatibility of these standards for the benefit of the user community.

General Requirements

All the requirements in OHSAS Standard are intended to be incorporated into any OH&S management system. The extent of the implementation will depend on factors such as the health & safety policy of the organization, the nature of its activities and the risks and complexity of its operations.

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 fulfil these requirements.

The organization shall define and document the scope of its OH&S management system.

Documentation Requirements
The OH&S management system documentation shall include:

  1. Health & Safety policy and objectives;
  2. Scope of the OH&S management system;
  3. Documents & Records for operational controls;
  4. Documents and records for effective implementation and monitoring of the system.

OHSAS 18001:2007 Implementation Benefits

Operational benefits to your organization:

  • Identify hazards, assess risks and implement the necessary risk control measures
  • Measure and monitor achievement of your performance objectives
  • Establish clear roles, responsibilities and authorities for personnel who manage, perform and verify activities having an effect on the OH&S risks of the organization's activities, facilities and processes
  • Ensure that personnel are competent to perform tasks that may impact OH&S in the workplace
  • Ensure active monitoring of regulations and legal requirements
  • Ensure that OH&S information is communicated to and from employees and other stakeholders effectively
  • Ensure the necessary measures and specified conditions are in place to control identified risks
  • Define plans and procedures to identify the potential for and response to emergency situations
  • Formalize incident investigation process
  • Monitor and measure OH&S performance on a regular basis
  • Reduce insurance costs through demonstrating better risk management.
  • Lead to a better public perception of your organization and you could also gain a competitive advantage, leading to improved sales opportunities.
  • understanding how statutory and regulatory requirements impact on the organization and your customers
  • Customer Confidence, Satisfaction and Trust
  • Ability to Differentiate Organisation for Competitive Advantage
  • Organisational Credibility & Reputation

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OHSAS 18001 Know More

What kinds of organizations implement ISO or OHSAS management systems?

All kinds of organization implement ISO or OHSAS management systems. ISO / OHSAS standards and specifications are intentionally generic. They can be applied by any organization providing any product or service anywhere in the world.

Why do organizations implement ISO or OHSAS management systems?

Most do it to meet the requirements of current or prospective customers. Others implement out of a desire to improve quality, environmental, and/or health/safety performance.

Can the OHSAS 18001 standard be integrated with other management systems?

  • OHSAS 18001 has been developed to ensure the compatibility with the ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental) management systems standards, in order to facilitate the integration of quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems by organizations, should they wish to do so.
  • The overall structure of the standard is similar to other relevant standard and many key requirements are common to all systems (e.g. policy, objectives, document control, internal auditing, management review, corrective and preventive actions)
  • Such integrated standardization approach allows certification bodies to provide organizations with Integrated Management System certification including all the three major standards for Quality, Environment, Health and Safety.

Who does the OHSAS 18001 standard apply to?

The OHSAS Standard applies to any organization that wishes to:

  • Support and promote good OH&S practices
  • Minimize safety risks in the work environment
  • Ensure the proper deployment of its OH&S policy and the achievement of objectives
  • Introduce a common language for health and safety within the organization
  • Establish, deploy, monitor and improve the OH&S management system
  • Demonstrate OHSAS conformance to Stakeholders
  • Achieving the OH&S management system certification by a third party certification body

The OHSAS 18001 effective implementation requires a clear management structure with clearly defined authority and responsibility, measurable objectives for improvement, a systematic approach to risk assessment and measurable results. This includes the monitoring of health and safety management failures, auditing of performance and review of policies and objectives.