OHSAS 18001

Posted: April 23, 2012 in OHSAS18001
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OHSAS 18000 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification. It comprises two parts, 18001 and 18002.OHSAS 18001 is an Occupation Health and Safety AssessOHment Series for  health and safety management systems. It is intended to help an  organizations to control occupational health and safety risks. It was  developed in response to widespread demand for a recognized standard  against which to be certified and assessed.

OHSAS 18002

This provides guidelines for the implementation of OHSAS 18001. It  explains the requirements of this and how to work towards  implementation/registration.

OHSAS 18001 elements:

OHSAS Element 4.1 – General Requirements

OHSAS Element 4.2 – Occupational Safety and Health Policy

OHSAS Element 4.3.1 – Planning for Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Control

OHSAS Element 4.3.2 – Legal and Other Requirements

OHSAS Element 4.3.3 – Objectives

OHSAS Element 4.3.4 – OHS Management Program(s)

OHSAS Element 4.4.1 – Structure and Responsibility

OHSAS Element 4.4.2 – Training, Awareness and Competence

OHSAS Element 4.4.3 – Consultation and Communication

OHSAS Element 4.4.4 – Documentation

OHSAS Element 4.4.5 – Document and Data Control

OHSAS Element 4.4.6 – Operational Control

OHSAS Element 4.4.7 – Emergency Preparedness and Response

OHSAS Element 4.5.1 – Performance Measurement and Monitoring

OHSAS Element 4.5.2 – Accidents, Incidents, Non-conformances and Corrective and Preventive


OHSAS Element 4.5.3 – Records and Records Management

OHSAS Element 4.5.4 – Audits

OHSAS Element 4.6 – Management Review

The benefits of taking the OHSAS route are as follows:

Reduced risk (via improved safety management of health and safety risks)

-Competitive advantage (via demonstration of commitment to health and safety)

-Improved performance (via improved operational efficiency through accident management reduction and reduced downtime)

-Reduced costs (via reduced insurance premiums and compensation/penalties for breached legislation/etc)

It covers issues such as:

-Planning for hazard identificationRisk assessment/controlOHS (Occupational Health and Safety) management, awareness and  competence, training, communication, emergency preparedness and  response, performance measuring and improvement

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