ISO 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System

OHSAS 18001 is an 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).

It was developed by the OHSAS Project Group, a consortium of 43 organizations from 28 countries. This consortium includes national standards bodies, registrars (certification bodies), consultants, and occupational health and safety institutes.

The new version of OHSAS 18001 is OHSAS 18001:2007 standard was officially published during July of 2007. It cancels and replaces OHSAS 18001:1999. Since it was first published in 1999, OHSAS 18001 has rapidly become the most widely used international occupational health and safety management standard. It applies to all types of organizations. It doesn’t matter what size they are or what they do.

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. They can achieve this purpose by developing an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) that complies with the standard.

An OHSMS is a network of interrelated elements. These elements include responsibilities, authorities, relationships, functions, activities, processes, practices, procedures, and resources. These elements are used to establish OH&S policies, plans, programs, and objectives.

Who can use OHSAS 18001?

The standard is applicable to any organization that is willing to eliminate or minimize risk to employees and other stakeholders that are directly related to the risk of health and safety aspects accompany existing activities.

Many organizations have elements required by OHSAS 18001 are available at points of use that can complement each other to create a better integrated management system in accordance with the requirements of this standard.

Organizations that implement OHSAS 18001 have a management structure that is organized by the authority and responsibility of a firm, clear targets for improvement, achievement of results that can be measured and structured approach to risk assessment. Similarly, oversight of management failures, auditing performance and conducts a review of policies and objectives health and safety.

What are the benefits of OHSAS 18001 registration?

    • Customer satisfaction
      through delivery of products that consistently meet customer requirements with the protection of health and property of the customers
    • Reduce operational costs
      by reducing lost work time due to accidents and deterioration in health and reduction of costs in respect of legal costs and compensation
    • Improving relations with the parties concerned
      the protection of the health and property of employees, customers and partners
    • Legal compliance
      by understanding how the requirements of the regulations and legislation that has a certain influence on the organization and your customers
    • The increase in the risk management control
      with consistency continuously and the presence of a product traceability and services
    • The achievement of public trust in business
      evidenced by the independent third-party verification against recognized standards
    • Ability to win more business
      particularly compliance with procurement specifications require certification as a requirement for the supply of goods and services

How to register OHSAS 18001 certification?

The process of registration follows three simple steps:

  1. The applicant filed an application for registration by completing the OHSAS 18001 questionnaire
  2. Assessment to OHSAS 18001 conducted by ITCC International – where an organization must be able to demonstrate that quality management does have a really run at least a period of three months in accordance entire sequence (cycle) of the internal audit
  3. Registration is granted by ITCC International, following the next stage should be done by the client. The annual program of audit visits supervision (surveillance) should be fully implemented and the process of re-certification after three years of entry into force of the OHSAS 18001 certification.

The process of registration follows three simple steps:

        1. The applicant filed an application for registration by completing the EMS questionnaire
        2. ISO 14001 audit performed by the ITCC International. It consists of two main audit visits by using the form Initial Certification Audit
        3. The application for registration is approved by the ITCC International, following the next step should be done by the client. Preservation of ISO 14001 certification is confirmed through a program of annual surveillance audit and certification process over three years after the time of the ISO 14001 certification.

Audit Certification Process

Initial Certification Audit

The audit process (assessment) in order to obtain the OHSAS 18001 certificate consists of two stages Initial Certification Audit as follows:

  • Stage 1

    the purpose of the audit visit is to get a confirmation of the readiness of the organization to get an overall audit of the OHSAS 18001 certification. Auditor will do the following things:

          • obtain confirmation that the OHSAS management system complies with the requirements of OHSAS 18001 standard
          • obtain confirmation of the current status of the implementation of OHSAS 18001
          • get confirmation of the business scope of certification
          • check compliance with the law to submit a report of audit findings to identify any discrepancies or potential discrepancies and approve the corrective action plan, if necessary
          • make the audit plan and phase II confirmed date audit visit
  • Stage 2

    the purpose of the audit visit is to get a confirmation that the Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems strictly in accordance with the requirements of OHSAS 18001 in practice. The auditor will do the following things:

          • taking samples of the audit processes and activities as mentioned in the scope of the audit
          • documented how the existing system complies with the standards
          • publish the findings of the audit report discrepancies or potential nonconformity
          • make plans of surveillance audit visit and provide confirmation of the date of the first surveillance audit

When the auditor finds the major findings of a mismatch, then the organization is unable to obtain certification until the recommendations made corrective action and verification performed by the auditor.

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