Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series

    OHSAS 18000 is an Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Series for health and safety management systems. It is intended to help organizations to control occupational health and safety risks. It was developed in response to widespread demand for a recognized standard against which to be certified and assessed.

    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.