OHSAS 18001 is an internationally recognised occupational, health and safety management system series standard. The OHSAS 18001 standard is based on the similar ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Plan - DO - Check - Act structure. To achieve certification to OHSAS 18001 an organisation must have a health and safety management system compliant with the requirements of the OHSAS 18001 standard. The standard also requires a company to have appropriate health and safety policies, procedures and protocols to ensure it is a safety conscientious organisation.
How to establish an OHSAS 18001 Occupation health and safety management system?
Formulate an Occupational, Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) with the establishment of an occupational, health and safety (OHS) manual in which the scope of OHSMS is determined
Establish an occupational, health and safety policy and OHS objectives and programmes
Ensure document and record control
Implement and maintain a procedure to identify hazards, assess risk and determine controls in the work place
Maintain procedures to ensure applicable occupational, health and safety legislation is identified, communicated within and compliance assessed
Define resources, roles, responsibilities, accountability and authority with regard to the OHSMS
Implement an adequate occupational, health and safety communication, participation and consultation process
Maintain good operational control
Plan emergency preparedness and response
Meet strict criteria in relation to incident investigation
Identify and deal with OHS non conformities by applying corrective and preventative action
Monitor and measure the occupational, health and safety performance of the organisation
Audit the system and review the system at a management level periodically