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What is ISO OHSAS 18001?
OHSAS 18001 is a comprehensive Occupational Health and Safety Management System specification, designed to enable organizations to control Health & Safety risks and improve its performance. The standard is applicable to any organization that wishes to take a proactive approach to its occupational health and safety risks.
The benefits of implementing a systematic and effective OH&S management system include the following:
  • Reducing the number of personnel injuries through prevention and control of workplace hazards.
  • Reducing the risk of major accidents.
  • Ensuring a well-qualified and enthusiastic workforce by fulfillment of the increasing expectations of your employees.
  • Reducing the material loss caused by accidents and in production interruptions.
  • Reducing insurance costs as well as reducing costs due to absence of employees.
  • Serving the possibility for an integrated management system including quality, environment and health and safety.
  • Ensuring that appropriate legislation is addressed and acted upon.
  • Meeting the increasing importance of OH&S for public image.
  • The implementation of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System can help you to:
  • Demonstrate legal compliance and reduce the risk of potential litigation.
  • Reduce accidents & downtime.
  • Give access to new customers and partners who require suppliers to meet tender relevant criteria.
  • Reduce costs.
  • OHSAS 18001 has been developed to be compatible with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 to allow for easy integration. Legislative & regulatory commitment and continual improvement are two important aspects of OHSAS 18001.
    The elements of OHSAS 18001 include:
  • Policy and commitment.
  • Hazard identification, risk assessment & risk controls.
  • Legal requirements.
  • Objectives & Programs.
  • Organization & personnel.
  • Training, Communication & Consultation.
  • Documentation & records.
  • Operational Controls.
  • Emergency Readiness.
  • Measurement & monitoring.
  • Accident & incident investigation, corrective & preventive action.
  • Audit & Review.