Occupational Health and Safety – OHSAS 18001
The purpose of OHSAS 18001 is to assist organizations in managing and controlling their health and safety risks and improving their OH&S performance. Many organizations have chosen to implement OHSAS 18001 and obtain registration because it provides evidence that the organization has an 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.
Occupational health and safety management systems (OH&SMS) are now included in the central management tasks of the organization. With an integrated approach, companies are achieving more than accident prevention. In fact, these systems have become a key for guaranteeing operational value-adding processes.
The standard’s compatibility with ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management) significantly facilitates implementation and certification of integrated management systems, thus allowing for synergies to be realized. Integrated management systems of this kind are fundamental tools of corporate management.
The 2007 version of BS OHSAS 18001 gives greater emphasis on preventive and long-term health maintenance.
Benefits of OHSAS 18001
- Reduction in accidents by way of systematization of all activities relevant to occupational health and safety
- Legal certainty due to adherence to all applicable statutory requirements
- Improved employee identification and motivation due to management involvement in OH&S processes
- Improved image and competitive ability based on documented and sustained OHSAS performance