OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems

The Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard OHSAS 18001 is gaining a lot of attention around the world as occupational health and safety (OH&S) costs soar, now for most organizations becoming the third highest costs behind only materials and labor.

Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard OHSAS 18001 provides requirements for an effective occupational health and safety management system that will enable an organization to control its OH&S risks, improve its safety performance, and reduce safety-related costs.

OHSAS 18001 is the framework for your organization's OH&S management system

The standard does not state specific OH&S performance criteria, nor does it give detailed specifications for the design of a management system.  Rather the standard provides the broad guidelines an organization needs to design and implement an OH&S management system that is most appropriate to their use. 

This OH&S specification is applicable to any organization that wishes to:

  1. Establish an OH&S management system to eliminate or minimize risk to; employees and other interested parties who may be exposed to OH&S risks; associated with its activities;
  2. Implement, maintain and continually improve an OH&S management system;
  3. Assure itself of its conformance with its stated OH&S policy;
  4. Demonstrate such conformance to others;
  5. Seek certification/registration of its OH&S management system by an external organization; or
  6. Make a self-determination and declaration of conformance with this OH&S specification.

OHSAS 18001 is meant to address occupational health and safety, not products and services safety

All the requirements in OHSAS 18001 are intended to be incorporated into a OH&S management system, but the extent of the application will depend on such factors as the OH&S policy of the organization, the nature of its activities and the risks and complexity of its operations. OHSAS 18001 is widely seen as the worlds most recognized occupational health and safety management system standard. 

This OHSAS specification is intended to address occupational health and safety rather than product and services safety. OHSAS 18001 promotes a safe and healthy working environment by providing a framework that helps organizations to consistently identify and control health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents, aid legislative compliance and improve overall performance.


Eagle Force and OHSAS 18001

The Eagle Force approach to the development and implementation of an OHSAS 18001 compliant safety management system is to focus on making certain the system is:

  1. SUITABLE  The system must be suitable for the organization -- Neither overly complex or unrealistically simplified.  It must fit the organization, its processes, products/services, and personne.
  2. ADEQUATE  The system must be adequate to meet the requirements of the OHSAS 18001
  3. EFFECTIVE  The system must be effective in accomplishing the organization safety goals and objective.

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