OHSAS 18001:
Health & Safety System Specification

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Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems - Specification BSI-OHSAS 18001:2007 (Guidelines OHSAS 18002:2007) has been developed, based on organisational demand for an Occupational Health & Safety Management System benchmark, against which their systems can be both assessed and certified.

OHSAS 18001 has been prepared to be compatible with the core principles of ISO 9001 Quality Management & ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems to facilitate an integrated approach for modern organisations wishing to address these key issues via a combined Business Improvement Programme.

OHSAS 18001 similarly looks at correspondence with ILO-OSH:2001 Guidelines on Occupational Safety & Health Management Systems providing the International Labour Organisations reference point for this subject.

Many modern ethical organisations conscientiously wish to manage the safety of their employees and further to preserve organisational good health in this context. The OHSAS 18001 model outlines the core requirements to establish and maintain an OH&S Management System planning for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control.

Structure, responsibility, compliance with legal & other requirements, training awareness, competencies, emergency preparedness and objective performance measurement are all critical ingredients implemented within effective OH&S systems.

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