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ISO 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series

OHSAS18001:2007: Developed to assist organizations to manage health and safety risks and facilitate legal compliance

OHSAS 18001:2007 Certification & Accreditation

OHSAS 18001:2007 is an Occupational Health and Safety Management System developed to assist organizations manage health and safety risks and facilitate legal compliance.

The minefield of Health and Safety legislation is the cause of much concern to all sectors of industry and commerce at all levels. With the advent of the ‘claims culture’ and corporate responsibility comes a need to ensure that all applicable means are taken to comply.

Word over, organizations have implemented OHSAS 18001:2007 to manage their corporate health and safety responsibilities.
The standard follows the Plan - Do - Check - Act model including the concept of continuous improvement cycle commended for its ease of use and implementation.

Planning stage consists of identifying health and safety hazards and risks, the associated legal requirements and developing a programme to reduce the risks by pro-active means.

Doing stage requires the organisation to put in place the expertise and controls to manage the most significant risks, by training, appropriate documentation, planning and management of activities and potential emergencies.

Checking stage requirements include monitoring of accidents, incidents, near misses, improvement programmes, evaluation of compliance with legal and other requirements, internal audit and handling non-conformities.

Act stage involves acting on the data gathered by reviewing the results of audits and other monitoring mechanisms. Part of this requirement is a periodic Management Review.

Some of the benefits of implementing OHSAS 18001:2007 include the following:
  • 1. Pro-active risk management
  • 2. Compliance with legal and other requirements
  • 3. Encourages two-way communication within the organization
  • 4. Identification of negative trends in work related injury and ill health
  • 5. Creating marketing opportunities
  • 6. Improved pro-active community image
  • 7. Improved Management Focus
  • 8. Reduced costs/liabilities
  • 9. Provides clear guidance on company requirements