"Protecting Employees & Stake Holder and ensuring good Health & Safety"
OHSAS 18001 is a globally recognised occupational health and safety management system. It defines the health and labour protection system of an organisation as specified by internationally accredited certification bodies.
An OHSAS 18001 certificate establishes that your organisation is committed to safety and health at the workplace. The certificate assures the employees and stakeholders that your organisation is proactively protecting the health and safety of the work force.
An international standard, ISO-OHSAS 18001:2007 can integrate smoothly with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for environmental management systems.
OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational health and safety management systems. Requirements specifies requirement for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, to enable an organization to control its OH&S risks and improve its performance.
It does not state specific OH&S performance criteria, nor does it give detailed specifications for the design of a management system.
OHSAS 18001:2007 supersedes OHSAS 18001:1999, but remains current until 2009.
There have been a number of significant changes to the document since the first edition was published in 1999.
The changes reflect the widespread use and experience of the standard in more than 80 countries, and by approximately 16,000 certified organizations
Principal amongst the changes are much greater emphasis on "health" rather than just "safety", and significantly improved alignment to ISO 14001:2015 (to enable organizations to develop "integrated management systems").
Summary of key changes between OHSAS 18001:2007 and OHSAS 18001:1999
The importance of "health" has now been given greater emphasis.
OHSAS 18001 now refers to itself as a standard, not a specification, or document, as in the earlier edition. This reflects the increasing adoption of OHSAS 18001 as the basis for national standards on occupational health and safety management systems.
The "Plan-Do-Check-Act" model diagram is only given in the Introduction, in its entirety, and not also as sectional diagrams at the start of each major clause.
Reference publications in Clause 2 have been limited to purely international documents.
New definitions have been added, and existing definitions revised.
Significant improvement in alignment with ISO 14001:2015 throughout the standard; and improved compatibility with ISO 9001:2000.
A new requirement has been introduced for the consideration of the hierarchy of controls as part of OH&S planning
Management of change is now more explicitly addressed
A new clause on the "Evaluation of compliance" has been introduced, as per ISO 14001:2015
New requirements have been introduced for participation and consultation
New requirements have been introduced for the investigation of incidents
Key Elements :
Develop an Occupational Health & Safety policy for your organization. Your policy should make it clear that your organization supports the establishment of an Occupational Health & Safety management system. It should also make it clear that you are committed to protecting the Occupational Health & Safety and improving your organization’s Occupational Health & Safety performance.
Establish an Occupational Health & Safety management system (OHMS). An OHMS is a network of interrelated elements. These elements include responsibilities, authorities, relationships, functions, processes, practices, procedures, and resources.
Identify the most significant Occupational Health & Safety aspects of your past, present, and future activities, products, and services. An Occupational Health & Safety aspect is any feature or characteristic of an activity, product, or service that has or could have an impact on the Occupational Health & Safety.
Clarify and respect the legal and other requirements that apply to your organization’s Occupational Health & Safety aspects. ISO 14001 wants you to identify and meet these requirements.
Set Occupational Health & Safety objectives and targets for all relevant functions and levels within your organization. Your objectives and targets should address significant Occupational Health & Safety aspects and be consistent with your Occupational Health & Safety policy.
Create programs to implement your Occupational Health & Safety policy and achieve your Occupational Health & Safety objectives and targets. Make sure that your programs allocate responsibility for implementing your Occupational Health & Safety policy and achieving your Occupational Health & Safety objectives and targets.
Evaluate your Occupational Health & Safety management system in order to identify opportunities for improvement. ISO 14001 expects you to monitor, measure, audit, and review your OHMS in order to identify corrective and preventive actions and to improve your overall Occupational Health & Safety performance. It also expects you to make sure that your Occupational Health & Safety policy is appropriate and being applied, and that your Occupational Health & Safety objectives and targets are being achieved.
There is no news for revision in the standard at this moment.
It is applicable to any organization who cares for Occupational Health & Safety.
All industrial sectors
All Service Sectors
All Public Sector Units (PSU)
All Government Organization
Health Care Sector
Any small / medium / large business organization
DRIVERS FOR CERTIFICATION
A well-defined occupational safety & health management system is essential for an organisation to manage environmental aspects like emission and handling of waste. It is important for the efficient utilisation of resources and energy. Some of the benefits of the OHSAS 18001 certification are:
HEALTH & SAFETY
Reduction in the number of accidents and interruptions in production due to better control over hazards at the workplace.
Focus on employee safety results in a satisfied, motivated and highly productive work force
Disposal of unwanted resources.
Address environmental issues before they become a problem.
Establish regular reports and implement monitoring system.
Reduction in insurance costs
Demonstrates an innovative and forward thinking approach
Improves company image and boosts international competitiveness.
Increase employee confidence.
LEGISLATION & REGULATION
Legal compliance with minimal administrative effort