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OHSAS 18001 – health and safety

Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

OHSAS 18001 is an internationally accepted standard for assessing occupational health and safety (OH&S) management systems. While not issued by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), OHSAS 18001 was developed by the OHSAS Project Group, an association of 43 organizations from 38 countries including national standards bodies, registrars (certification bodies), OHAS institutes and OHAS leading consultants. Formal OHSAS 18001 certification is available by a growing number of accredited registrars.

The OHSAS 18001 standard, most recently updated in 2007, is applicable to any industry and provides guidance for managing health and safety risks, worker and contractor protection and promoting a company culture committed to worker safety. The management system approach of standard is similar to the ISO 14001 environmental standard and supports an Integrated Management System that commonly combines ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 management systems into a unified structure.

OHSAS 18001 is based on the basic concepts of continual improvement and regulatory compliance. Key benefits of an OHSAS management system include:

Reduced accidents and job-related health issues

Improved employee morale

Reduced safety risk

Reduced costs and greater employee productivity

Improved regulatory compliance

The acronym OHSAS stands for the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series.

Consulting Support for OHSAS 18001

Core Business Solutions has qualified OHSAS 18001 consultants ready to help you achieve certification. Support for the OHSAS 18001 standard is available through our Full-Service Consulting Program. Our OHSAS clients include:

Small businesses currently ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 14001:2004 certified seeking to add the OHSAS 18001:2007 certification through an Integrated Management System.

Small businesses with no certification seeking OHSAS 18001 qualification.

For more information about our consulting support for the OHSAS 18001 health and safety standard, please call our consulting office at 866-354-0300, or email info@thecoresolution.com.

Related standards

See ISO 9001

See AS9100 for aerospace manufacturers

See AS9120 for aerospace distributors

See R2:2013 for recycling management systems

See ISO 14001 for environmental management systems

See OHSAS 18001 for health and safety management systems

See ISO 13485 for medical devices manufacturers

See Integrated Management Systems