OHSAS 18001:2007

OHSAS 18001:2007

OHSAS 18001 Certification

Welcome to our area devoted to the OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety standard with separate sections covering its history, the benefits of certification and what it costs to become certified.

OHSAS 18001 is for all organisations large or small and covers all sectors. The standard is designed to clarify an organisation’s impact on health and safety issues, as well as help to reduce the risk of accidents and any breach in legal requirements.

In summary…

  • Suits all types of businesses, large or small

  • Reduces waste and cost through enviromental commitment

  • Proven to help win and retain business

OHSAS 18001 Certification Benefits

Most organisations want OHSAS 18001 certification to qualify for a tender or to achieve preferred supplier status: typically for a Local Authority or for a supply chain requirement. However, there are many other benefits that can be gained, including:

  • Reduced risk to employees, customers and suppliers
  • Reduction in the costs associated with accidents at work
  • Enhanced staff morale and motivation
  • Demonstration of legal and regulatory compliance
  • Enhanced status and competitive advantage
  • Reduced insurance premiums

In a competitive market, your customers are looking for more than just keen pricing. Organisations need to demonstrate that their delivery is managed efficiently and responsibly, and that they can provide a reliable service free of the downtime associated with work-related accidents and incidents.

An effective occupational health and safety management system promotes a safe and healthy working environment by providing a framework that allows your organisation to identify and control its health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents, aid legislative compliance and improve overall performance.

In addition, OHSAS 18001 is designed to be compatible with other management system standards such as ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environment) and ISO 27001 (Information Security). All or any combination of these complementary standards can be integrated seamlessly. They share many principles, so choosing an integrated management system can provide you with outstanding value for money.

If you would like an integrated management system, comprising all or a combination of ISO management standards, simply let us know your requirements and we’ll provide you with a fixed price quotation.

OHSAS 18001 Process

STEP 1: Preparation

If you are new to the OHSAS 18001 standard you are probably going to need some guidance. When you’re ready, we’ll discuss your certification requirements with you and provide a competitive quotation so you can budget accurately. Your quotation will be based upon factors such as your organisation’s activities, how many locations you operate from and how many people you employ.

STEP 2: Application

Once you decide to proceed, we’ll assign a Lead Assessor to you. He or she will be your principal contact throughout the registration process and beyond. They will build up detailed knowledge of your organisation and will be able to answer any questions you might have. Many of our clients start with a Pre-assessment. This optional service is where we review your current circumstances as part of a Gap Analysis and agree an action plan with you.

STEP 3: Pre-Audit Assessment

Your Lead Assessor will visit you to explain the standard and undertake a conformity assessment of your current arrangements for occupational health and safety management. You will then receive a detailed report including all required actions. Together, you will then determine the appropriate timetable for your Audit Assessment.

STEP 4: Audit Assessment

Once you are ready for your formal Audit Assessment, your Lead Assessor will make the required arrangements for you. On completion, you will be informed of the Auditor’s recommendation before he or she leaves your premises.

STEP 5: Registration & Certificate

Following the Auditor’s recommendation, your registration will be reviewed and if approved your certification will be confirmed. Soon after, your certificate of conformity to the OHSAS 18001 standard will be issued and sent to you.

STEP 6: Continual Assessment

Having achieved certification, you’ll want to maintain your registration and your Lead Assessor will remain on hand to undertake the required annual reviews to ensure you continue to meet the requirements of OHSAS 18001.

OHSAS 18001 Costs

We work with clients of all sizes and even if you are a one person business, we can help you. With no long term contract to tie you in, we provide an affordable, transparent route to achieving OHSAS 18001 certification.

Ultimately, your quotation will be based on factors such as your organisation’s activities, how many locations you operate from and how many people you employ (if any).

We provide all of our clients with a competitive quotation with no hidden extras. We won’t charge you extra for travel, registration fees or for your certificate (unlike many others). The only thing to add is VAT.

To ensure best value, we’ll also make you a Price Match Promise; if you can find a cheaper like-for-like quote within 14-days, we’ll match it!

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OHSAS 18001 History

The OHSAS 18001 standard was developed to bridge the gap where no international standard existed for occupational health and safety. Development involved input from a number of leading bodies, including certifiers, trade bodies and expert consultancies.

The first version of the standard appeared in 1999 and was based on a number of existing standards (including BS8800:1996) that had been developed by the leading national certification bodies.

The current version of the standard is OHSAS 18001:2007. This supersedes OHSAS 18001:1999, which was phased out in July 2009.

Despite not being an ISO standard, OHSAS 18001 has been designed to be compatible with the ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental) standards, thus helping organisations to achieve an integrated management strategy.

The OHSAS 18001 standard specifies a number of key criteria for an organisation to demonstrate and includes:

  • Planning for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • Structure and responsibility
  • Training, awareness and competence
  • Consultation and communication
  • Operational control
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Performance measuring, monitoring and improvement