OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health & Safety Management System
Today, organizations are becoming increasingly concerned over how to keep their employees safe on the job. Many organizations strive to reduce and eliminate workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities along with associated costs. However despite continuous efforts from all interested parties, workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses continue to be reported in the thousands resulting in millions of working days lost.
What is OHSAS 18001?
OHSAS 18001 is an international specification for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management Systems developed with guidance from a number of world leading national standard bodies, certification bodies and other interested parties. It outlines requirements for an effective Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) management system to enables an organization to control its OH&S risks and improve OH&S performance. The OHSAS 18001 specification has been developed to be compatible with the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 management system standards, in order to facilitate the integration of quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems.
The Benefits of OHSAS 18001
- Ensures the safety of employees and visitors
- Reduces costs associated with lost time accidents
- Improves occupational health and safety performance
- Allows for verification to stakeholders
- Helps ensure legal compliance reducing the risk of penalties