The Series consisted of two specifications: 18001 provided requirements for an OHS management system and 18002 gave implementation guidelines. It is also referred as Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS).
- It improves corporate image and credibility among stake holders, regulators, customers, prospective clients and the public.
- Helps adoption of international best practice in relation to risk management.
- It ensures health and well-being of employees, sub-contractors and the public.
- It minimizes liability of employers through adoption of proactive rather than reactive controls.
- It ensures legislative awareness and compliance.
- It assists in reducing accident and incident rates by reducing and elimination workplace hazards.
- It improves the incident investigation process.
- It increases employee motivation through the provision of a safer workplace and participation process.
One of the most important things to remember is that development and implementation, and certification of an OHSAS management system is a continuous journey, with the independent audit representing one element of the total assessment process. It helps to reduce the potential for accidents Aid legal compliance.