OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety Management
OHSAS18001 is a relatively new scheme, the first draft was issued in 1999 however it only became an adopted standard for certification by UKAS in 2007, and the growth of the standard is quite prolific and quickly catching ISO14001:2015 certification levels.
At present only a limited number of Certification Bodies have UKAS accreditation so be careful when selecting your certification body for assessment.
In some cases (where the certification Body is SSIP) approved then simply sending a copy of your certificate and last audit report will allow you to obtain certification to CHAS/Safe Contractor.
There are several benefits to third party certification to the standard such as:
- Potential reduction in the number of incidents & accidents
- Potential reduction in staff absence, downtime and associated costs
- Reduced employee and public liability insurance premiums
- Ensure legislative and regulatory compliance
- Demonstration to stakeholders of your commitment to health and safety
- Increased access to new customers and business partners
- Improved management of occupational health and safety risks
Integrating OHSAS18001 into an existing management system such as ISO9001 quality or ISO14001:2015 environment is relatively straight forward and the fact that the standard is around 90% based on legal requirements means that if you are complying with the law, you are more or less already complying with the requirements of OHSAS18001.
Certification to OHSAS 18001 demonstrates to customers that you take a serious commitment to protecting your employees, contractors and the general public. OHSAS 18001 is the international standard for H&S Management Systems.
Look for consultants with IOSH/NEBOSH certificates and years of experience of implementing and assessing H&S management systems to the standard. High successes rates can be achived in gaining this standard from industry and Local Authorities to highways maintenance.
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ISO 45001 is to be introduced this year and replaces OHSAS18001 the first draft was issued in 1999 however it only became an adopted standard for certification by UKAS in 2007, and the growth of the standard is quite prolific and quickly catching ISO14001:2015 certification levels.