Occupational health and safety are at the forefront of today's social concerns. Businesses need tools to help framework a sustained and structured OH&S approach that hinges on risk assessment. Occupational health and safety (OH&S) management systems provide the platform needed.
OHSAS 18001 was developed in 1999 in response to widespread business demand for a certification standard governing occupational health and safety management systems, in much the same way as ISO 14001 for environmental management (similar structural template). This international specification applies specifically to occupational health and safety.
Based on the DEMING cycle, a concept widely known as "PDCA", OHSAS 18001:2007 enables any organization to:
Steps to OHSAS 18001 certification
At three years on: certificate renewal (contract)
OHSAS 18001 certification provides an all-round response to regulatory, social and economic challenges, enabling organizations to:
OHSAS 18001 is integratable with other quality (ISO 9001 plus sector-dedicated) and environment (ISO 14001) initiatives, and the related audits can be cross-coordinated.
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