In late 2017, ISO 45001 will be replacing OHSAS 18001. Click here for the new 45001 website.

OHSAS 18000 Documentation Requirements

How Much OHSAS 18001 Documentation Do You Need?

The 18000 Store has designed clearly written procedures to describe each section of the standard. That is why our OHSMS is better than the rest – we cover the entirestandard. Don’t be fooled by others who only provide a few procedures and call it an OHSMS, leaving you to create many of them on your own. Is it worth the savings?

Do I need Procedures and Flow Diagrams?

No. Written procedures are more informative and much easier to edit and kept up to date than flowcharts. As a general rule, editing flow charts can be tedious – you’re often better off creating them yourself.

You may want to have a diagram of your overall processes, and we recommend using cloud service like Lucidchart to create them. You can download a free trial of Lucidchart and try it for yourself.

How do I set up my Documentation?

If you look at this pyramid, the lower the items are – the more specific they are to your business. The higher levels (Manual, Procedures) are dictated by the standard and are thus fairly common from one OHSAS 18001 company to the next.

Documentation Scheme

Documentation Scheme

Integration Options for ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001

There are three primary options the organization must choose between:

  1. Maintaining two separate systems (9001 and 14001/18001)
  2. Partially integrated systems
  3. Fully integrated systems

We offer six versions of the Documentation Package to simplify the process for organizations that already have other management systems (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, etc.) in place or want to deal with more than one standard at a time. We also offer acompletely integrated manual.

Learn more about which version is best for you.