OHSAS 18001:2007 Information

OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems) is an internationally recognised occupational, health and safety management system series standard. The standard may be used by all organisations regardless of size and type and is based on the principle “continuous improvement”.

In order to comply with the standard, the organisation must identify and evaluate health, environment and safety risks associated with its operation.

By getting certified or working according to the standard, health, environment and safety issues within the organisation will be identified. By addressing the identified issues, the organisation will be able to manage and improve its HSE performance.

Effective management of the work environment can provide advantages to the organisation’s customers and be advantageous towards competitors by:

  • Minimising production delays
  • Communicating the organisations willingness to have an effective health, environment and safety policy.

Other advantages of implementing the standard are that it ensures that the organisation may improve its effectiveness and ensure that rules and regulations are being followed.

It can also:

  • Improve safety performance thus provide for improved business opportunities
  • Reduce risk of delays caused by accidents
  • Reduce insurance costs
  • Ensure compliance with rules and regulations
  • Be a tool for improvement of the organisations HSE performance
  • Improve documentation of the work environment
  • Reduce accidents and sick leave
  • More involvement from employees in order to improve HSE processes

OHSAS 18001:2007 is in the process of being revised and it is expected that a new revision will be ready during 2016. After revision, the standard will change name from OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001 and will have the same structure as the new ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards.