The OHSAS 18001 is the
international Occupational Health and Safety
Management System standard. These standards are
applicable to companies of any size, but is especially
relevant to companies with a large work force, manual
and heavy work tasks, and/or high risk work
environments. Targeting the health and safety of
employees proves that you are actively working to
ensure that your operations are safe both for your
employees and the surrounding environment.
Originally created from the British Standard for
Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems BS
8800:1996, OHSAS 18001 is an Occupational Health and
Safety (OHS) management system specification.
Developed by a group of certification bodies and
various national standards organizations, OHSAS 18001
was designed to enable companies to control their OHS
risks and demonstrate their commitment to provide a
safe working environment, protect their employees, and
improve their performance.
To obtain compliance, companies must first establish
on OHS policy that illustrates the company's vision
and commitment to health and safety. Any potential
hazards must be determined and identified, and their
risks assessed and controlled on an on-going basis.
Tactics utilized should be defined and consistent. In
order for an OHS management system to be implemented
effectively, management should be ready to commit
adequate resource to monitor activities and conduct
internal audits to identify areas for improvement,
ensuring the effectiveness of the OHS management
system. Policies and procedures need to be identified
and prepared in order to control operations, including
emergency preparedness and response plans.
Documentation should be accurate, up-to-date, easily
accessible and properly controlled.