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What is OHSAS 18001:2007?

OHSAS 18001:2007 is an international standard that is developed by the OHSAS project Group, an association that includes government agencies, certification bodies, national standards, industry associations, and consultants. The British Standards Institution (BSI) currently provides the Secretariat of the OHSAS Project Group.

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Basics of OHSAS 18001

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The aim of OHSAS 18001 is to assist organizations in managing and controlling their health and safety risks and improving their OH&S performance. In response to customer demand for an occupational health and safety management system that can be assessed objectively, certified credibly, and recognized internationally, the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) standards are developed for use by all types of organizations and industries.

By controlling the OH&S risks that are consistent with their OH&S policy and objectives, organizations can achieve and demonstrate sound health and safety performance and stewardship.

The family of OHSAS standard is relatively small and is made up of two main standards:

A reference publication, the International Labor Organization:2001, provides guidelines on occupational health and safety management systems (OSH-MS). In countries around the world, Health and Safety Agencies write health and safety regulations and laws that organizations must follow. However, compliance to OHSAS 18001 does not preclude meeting the applicable legal obligations.

Why do companies want to pursue OHSAS 18001?

Fundamentally, it is everyone's job to support and protect a safe and healthy workplace by preventing injury, preventing ill health, reducing hazards and continually improving the OH&S performance. Organizations are becoming increasingly concerned in achieving sound health and safety performance, often while delivering cost savings and demonstrating Good Stewardship and Good Corporate Citizenship.

Market Pressure

Many organizations decide to implement OHSAS 18001 and obtain registration because it assures employees, customers, shareholders, suppliers, regulators and the community at large that the company has an internationally recognized Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) in place. An organization with an effective health and safety system will typically have safer and healthier workplaces, comply with regulations and meet customer expectations better than an organization that does not have an effective OHSMS. Many organizations require their suppliers to have OHSAS 18001 Registration.