OHSAS stands for Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series. OHSAS 18001 is a consensus standard developed in 1999 by an independent group of national standards bodies and certification bodies (registrars).
OHSAS 18001 is structured the same way as ISO 14001, the environmental management system standard, and has essentially the same elements. It was specifically developed to be compatible with ISO 9001, the quality management system standard, and ISO 14001 to allow companies to develop and register integrated quality, environmental and occupational safety and health management systems.
Benefits of OHSAS Certification
Organizations that have implemented a system to improve the management of health and safety practices have reported reduced improved employee safety awareness, fewer accidents and reduced costs. In addition, OHSAS 18001 provides a structure, companies can use to integrate quality, environmental and safety and health program management for increased management efficiencies. Many companies find they need to address health and safety elements as they implement ISO 14001 management systems because of the strong interconnection between environmental and safety and health programs in areas such as emergency planning and risk assessment
Steps to OHSAS 18000 Certification
The process for establishing an OHSAS 18001 management system is essentially the same as the process used of implementing an ISO 14001 system:
* Preliminary review of existing programs and systems
* Identification of hazards and applicable laws and regulations
* Developing new procedures
* Training personnel
* Implementing new programs such as internal audit and management review
* Seeking certification of the OHSAS program
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