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'What is OHSAS 18001?' and how close are you to achieving this standard

by , 13 August 2015
OHSAS 18001 is the British standard for occupational health and safety management. It's the world's highest level of occupational health and safety systems standards and everyone wants it.

It helps organisations get credit for their health and safety performance. And this credit means more business!

And if you want this recognition for your business, pay attention...

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There are over 100 health and safety questions you need to ask to measure your health and safety system.

It would take you the entire day just to think of the 100 questions that you should be asking yourself when doing your internal audit.

And I know your next question…

What exactly ARE the 100 questions you should be answering?

And how do they determine if your health and safety system is compliant with the OHSAS18001 standards?

Stop fussing!

We have a solution that does all the thinking for you.


Why your business should try to meet this standard

This British standard has a number of benefits such as:
  • Helps your organisation create the best possible working conditions for your employees;
  • Identifies hazards and puts into place controls for your organisation to manage them;
  • Reduces costs and downtime by reducing workplace accidents and illnesses;
  • Helps your workforce become more motivated and engage better with one another as your organisation will have safer working conditions; and
  • Demonstrates to your stakeholders that your organisation is compliant.

How to gain this standard

In order for your organisation to gain OHSAS 18001 there are 5 main areas that must be examined by an approved centre. These 5 main areas are:
  1. Occupational health and safety policies
  2. How your organisation conducts planning
  3. Implementation and operational control of resources, roles etc
  4. How your organisation checks/monitors and evaluates
  5. Examination of your organisation's management review
The table below explains each area that is assessed in greater detail.

 Occupational health and safety policies: 
  • What policies are in place?
  • Are the policies correct and up-to-date?
  • How are the policies communicated?
  • Are the policies reviewed regularly?
 How your organisation plans in terms of:
  • Hazard identifications
  • Risk assessments
  • Legal and other requirements
  • Objectives and programmes
Implementation and operation of:
  • Resources, roles, responsibility, accountability & authority
  • Competence, training and awareness
  • Communication, participation and consultation
  • Control of documents
  • Operational control
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Performance measurement and monitoring
  • Evaluation of compliance
  • Incident investigation, non-conformity, corrective & preventive action
  • Control of records
  • Internal audit
Management review:
  • Results from internal audits and evaluations
  • Occupational Health and Safety performance of your organisation
  • Have the objectives been met?
  • Follow-up actions from previous reviews
  • Recommendations for improvements

How to get assessed

A number of organisations can assess your health and safety management system against OHSAS 18001requirements and if they're satisfied that your systems meet the standard, they can issue a Certificate of Compliance.

This standard as well as the new ISO 39001standard can be combined as part of a safety audit, which integrates this approach and saves your organisation both time and money.

I hope this article has given you more insight into OHSAS 18001and how to achieve this international standard!

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