The internationally recognised specification OHSAS 18001 was developed in response to market demand for a health and safety management system standard against which organisations may be assessed and certified. It has become increasingly apparent that companies want to manage health and safety in the same way as other core business activities.
The implementation of a management system that can be audited, which extends beyond compliance with minimum legal requirements enables organisations to take action to improve health and safety within the business environment. OHSAS is a means to control and mitigate risk and subsequently minimise harm to people linked with your business activities.
From the outset, benefits become apparent as the implementation process itself makes you focus on the workings of your business.
Assessment and certification to OHSAS 18001 demonstrates an organisations commitment to continual improvement in health and safety performance and to compliance with legislation through maintenance of an Occupational Health and Management System (OHSMS).
The basic OHSMS elements are:
- Formulating and maintaining an OH&S Policy
- Planning for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
- Implementing and operating the system to achieve the policy aims
- Checking the effectiveness of the system and correcting deviations
- Reviewing the OHSMS with top management