OHSAS 18001 – Health and Safety Management System – Requirements (officially BS OHSAS 18001: 2007), is a British standard defining requirements for a health and safety management system. The aim of the standard is to establish control over the risks that carry harm and danger (translating as much scope of uncontrolled risks into controlled risk and thus to provide better protection of employees) and thus ensure the continuity of the organization’s business. The OHSAS 18001 standard applies to all organizations.
An organization that applies this standard can be certified by a certification body, and on the basis of a positive assessment, the organization receives a certificate of compliance with the requirements of the standard. This standard is compatible with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards, and it is easy to integrate with them. By integrating these three standards, the organization can develop its Integrated Management System (IMS).
The goal of the health and safety management system is to translate as much of the uncontrolled danger into a controlled risk in order to better protect employees and to ensure unhindered business. Key areas covered by certification:
- On-site management systems
- Planning and risk assessment
- Training and awareness of working people
- Communication of a security management system
- Emergency response
- Monitoring and continuous improvement
Benefits of implementing OHSAS 18001:
- Injuries in the workplace are minimized;
- Contributes to the Company’s readiness to eliminate the danger in a timely manner;
- Improves the general image of the company and makes it attractive for cooperation and investment;
- Opens up new market opportunities for cooperation with large foreign companies, which is one of the main goals of safety and health at work.
- Provides protection against possible injuries to both employees and visitors;
- It harmonises the company’s work processes with legal regulations;
- Provides confidence to users / customers about commitment to health and safety management at work that can be proven;
The basis of this system is the safety of employees in the workplace, which is achieved through the following steps:
- Identifying and assessing hazards in accordance with legal regulations,
- Determining the policy of safety and health at work,
- Determining workplace hazards,
- Planning, development and implementation of the system of employee health protection,
- Internal control of the health and safety management system at work,