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BS OHSAS 18001 2007 Factsheet

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Chris Eden - Quality Matters Limited

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What is BS OHSAS 18001?

An Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Management System for managing health and safety activities and eliminating or reducing hazards within the workplace.  Where an incident has occurred the system to investigate,  analyse and identify any OHS&S deficiency. 

What are the benefits of 18001 Certification?

Health and Safety Legislation and Regulation require an organisation to prove that it has taken all necessary and reasonable steps to provide a healthy and safe environment in the workplace that minimises risks to people and interested parties.

This Standard provides such assurance. It is externally assessed and certificated.

What is covered by BS OHSAS 18001?

This Standard requires 6 main sections to be addressed, these are:
  1. OH& S General requirements;
  2. OH&S Policy;
  3. Planning;
  4. Implementation & Operation;
  5. Checking;
  6. Management Review.
Each section is sub-divided and covers OH&S activities having an impact on workplace health and safety.


What documentation is required?

A health and safety manual and procedures for operating the Occupational Health and Safety Management System.

Who can carry out the Assessment?

There are a number of Certification Bodies Accredited by UKAS to carry out this work.

Once the certificate is issued what happens next?

The certification authority will carry out surveillance visits each year to ensure continuing compliance

Sections of BS OHSAS 18001:2007

  1. Scope
  2. Referenced Publications
  3. Terms and Definitions
  4. OHSAS Requirements
    1. General Requirements
    2. OH&S Policy
    3. Planning
      1. Hazard identification, Risk Assessment and Determining Controls
      2. Legal and Other Requirements
      3. Objectives and Programme(s)
      4. OH&S Management Programme(s)
    4. Implementation and Operation
      1. Resources, Roles Responsibility, accountability and Authority
      2. Competence, Training and Awareness
      3. Communication, Participation and Consultation
      4. Documentation
      5. Control of Documents
      6. Operational Control
      7. Emergency Preparedness and Response
    5. Checking
      Performance Measurement and Monitoring
      Evaluation of Compliance
      Incident Investigation, Nonconformity, Corrective and Preventive Action
      Control of Records
      Internal Audit
  5. Management Review

About the Author

Chris Eden FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a director of Quality Matters Limited an established independent management consultancy based in Essex, UK which specialises in BS OHSAS 18001:2007 - Health & Safety Management consultancy.



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