OHSAS 18001 is an international standard used by organizations that want to reduce /manage the risks related to occupational health and safety at workplace by implementation and certification of occupational health and safety management system.
In any organization, employees and other stakeholders may be exposed to occupational health and safety risks associated with its activities/processes. OHSAS 18001 provides framework to assess, monitor& effectively manage the risks, so that the organization can improve performance, promote safety and healthy workplaceto ensure a safe working environment, compliance and maintaining a good reputation, and a culture of prevention among employees.
Certification of occupational health & safety management as per the requirements of OHSAS 18001: 2004 - as part of the general management system provides a powerful instrument in focus organization efforts for a better employee’srisk management (accidents, incidents and occupational diseases) and the improvement of employee’s performance considerable.
The benefits of OHSAS 18001 Certification are:
Endorse Organization commitment on Occupational Health & Safety by effective OHSAS management system
Increased customer confidence, the community, employees and the Authorities
International Recognition of Certification improve organisation image and reputation
Advantage over business competitors
Ensures transparency and effectiveness of occupational health and safety management by translating the results of risk assessments, audits, inspections, etc. action plans to minimize the risk of accidents and reduce working costs by the number of days of sick leave due to accidents and illness of employees.
Helps in identification of hazards that may result from subcontracting activities or in relationships with suppliers, customers and taking appropriate measures to protect them
Build trust among legal authorities on compliance with applicable legislation;
ISO 45001:2018 specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, and gives guidance for its use, to enable organizations to provide safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injury and ill health, as well as by proactively improving its OH&S performance.
ISO 45001:2018 is applicable to any organization that wishes to establish, implement and maintain an OH&S management system to improve occupational health and safety, eliminate hazards and minimize OH&S risks (including system deficiencies), take advantage of OH&S opportunities, and address OH&S management system nonconformities associated with its activities.
ISO 45001:2018 helps an organization to achieve the intended outcomes of its OH&S management system. Consistent with the organization's OH&S policy, the intended outcomes of an OH&S management system include:
a) continual improvement of OH&S performance;
b) fulfilment of legal requirements and other requirements;
c) achievement of OH&S objectives.
ISO 45001:2018 is applicable to any organization regardless of its size, type and activities. It is applicable to the OH&S risks under the organization's control, taking into account factors such as the context in which the organization operates and the needs and expectations of its workers and other interested parties.
ISO 45001:2018 does not state specific criteria for OH&S performance, nor is it prescriptive about the design of an OH&S management system.
ISO 45001:2018 enables an organization, through its OH&S management system, to integrate other aspects of health and safety, such as worker wellness/wellbeing.
ISO 45001:2018 does not address issues such as product safety, property damage or environmental impacts, beyond the risks to workers and other relevant interested parties.
ISO 45001:2018 can be used in whole or in part to systematically improve occupational health and safety management. However, claims of conformity to this document are not acceptable unless all its requirements are incorporated into an organization's OH&S management system and fulfilled without exclusion.