OHSAS stands for Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series. OHSAS 18001:2007 is the International Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard. It defines a set of occupational health and safety (OH&S) management requirements for occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS).
The standard is applicable to any organisation that wishes to eliminate or minimize risk to employees and other stakeholders who may be exposed to OH&S risks associated with its activities.
The purpose of OHSAS 18001 is to help organizations to manage and control their occupational health and safety risks and to improve their occupational health and safety performance.
No enterprise body can be long term successful, if it does not care about it is employees, their health and safety at work, complying work environment and work conditions. By taking care of the OH&S, organization reduces the possibility of work accidents and their adverse economic and human impacts, on the other hand, creates the conditions for higher involvement of employees, which is reflected in higher productivity and quality of work.
Hazard identification, risk assessment and determining controls.
Legal and other requirements.
Objectives and OHS program(s).
Resources, roles, responsibility, accountability and authority.
Competence, training and awareness.
Communication, participation and consultation.
Emergency preparedness and response.
Performance measuring, monitoring and improvement.
Benefits of Implementing OHSAS 18001:2007
The benefits of using the standards are as follows:
Improved corporate image and credibility among stake holders, regulators, customers, prospective clients and the public.
Adoption of international best practice in relation to risk management.
Ensures health and well-being of employees, sub-contractors and the public.
Minimisation of liability of employers through adoption of proactive rather than reactive controls.
Ensures legislative awareness and compliance.
Reduces accident and incident rates by reducing and elimination workplace hazards.
Improves the incident investigation process.
Increases employee motivation through the provision of a safer workplace and participation process.
Steps to OHSAS 18000 Certification
The process for establishing an OHSAS 18001 management system is essentially the same as the process used of implementing an ISO 14001 system:
- Preliminary review of existing programs and systems
- Identification of hazards and applicable laws and regulations
- Developing new procedures
- Training personnel
- Implementing new programs such as internal audit and management review
- Seeking certification of the OHSAS program
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- Liaison with the registrar, reassessments and follow-up evaluations, and consulting during the registration process.