OHSAS 18001:2007 OHS

The burden of occupational injuries and diseases is significant, both for employers and the wider economy, resulting in losses from early retirements, staff absence and rising insurance premiums.

To combat the problem, ISO is developing a new standard, ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems - Requirements, that will help organizations reduce this burden by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.

The standard is currently being developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts, and will follow other generic management system approaches such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. It will take into account other International Standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labour Organization's ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO's international labour standards and conventions.

source: International Labour Organisation

OHSAS 18001:2007 is principally a recognised set of rules which companies implement with the aim of managing Health & Safety issues and associated hazards within their company. The main outputs from such a management system are procedures and methods which enable companies to identify, reduce, mitigate and control Health & Safety concerns within their business.

OHSAS 18001:2007 forms part of a family of 18000 standards, documents and guidelines; there are a large number of these associated documents, with new or revised documents being added all the time to inform and increase companies' understanding of requirements and continually improve their Health & Safety business models.

OHSAS 18001:2007 is predominately based on 4 key documents:

  1. ISO 9000:2005 : Quality Management Systems - Fundamentals and Vocabulary (adapted for Health & Safety use)
  2. OHSAS 18001   : Occupational Health and Safety Managements Systems Specification
  3. OHSAS 18002   : Occupational Health and Safety Managements Systems Guidelines for the implementation of OHSAS 18001
  4. BS 8800:1996   : Guide to Occupational and Safety Management Systems