OHSAS 18001 is not yet an Internationally recognised standard for the Management of Occupational Health & Safety; but was developed by BSI in response to demand for a recognised framework/ standard for H&S Management Systems; effectively building on the HSE’s guide (HSG65) for “Successful H&S Management”
The standard has been developed to be compatible with the other ISO standards (namely ISO 9001, and ISO 14001), in order to facilitate the full integration of Quality, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems. This is being transformed further (linked to ISO Annex SL) with it’s restructuring within common framework of ISO 45001.
It has been designed to help organisations (of any kind/ size/ complexity):
- Eliminate, or minimise risks/ accidents (to employees/ other interested parties);
- Implement, maintain and continually improve Management systems;
- Provide assurance of conformance with stated OH&S Policy;
- Demonstrate conformance to others;
- Seek certification by approved external organisations; and/ or,
- Make a self-determination and declaration of conformance with OHSAS requirements/ Best practice.
The standard has been structured in order to aid organisations in developing an integrated approach to business processes, making implementation more compatible. The standard itself is based on the ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ methodology, and (like ISO 9001/ 14001), is focussed on Continual Improvement.
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