An occupational health and safety management system is a management system that focuses on driving and improving occupational health and safety performance through identifying, prioritizing and managing occupational health and safety risk in business operation. OHSAS 18001 requires the organization to identify occupational health and safety requirements; establish policy; objectives and targets; determine occupational health and safety hazards; plan and control its operation; implement corrective actions and conduct management review. In essence, it consists of the following clauses:
- Clause 4.1 General Requirements
- Clause 4.2 Occupational Health and Safety Policy
- Clause 4.3 Planning
- Clause 4.4 Implementation and Operation
- Clause 4.5 Checking
- Clause 4.6 Management Review
Based on the Deming PDCA (Plan-do-check-it) cycle, OHSAS 18001 has the same basic structure as other international management system standards such as ISO 9001 or OHSAS 18001. It offers a common framework for integrating different management systems. Please refer to the Certification page for more details.
(ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 22000, ISO 27001)
OHSAS 18001 is a requirement standard which means organizations can be certified to it. It is generic in nature and is applicable to organizations of various sizes and background.
In order to capitalize the full offer of OHSAS 18001, organizations shall acquire an accurate understanding of the requirements and the intent of the standard. They shall perform a gap analysis to determine the status of the organization compared to the certification requirements. From top management to front line staff, all levels of staff shall acquire an appropriate level of understanding of the standard. Top management commitment is a critical success factor. Work on a realistic plan and not the least, ensure a strong buy-in from everybody.
Apart from enhancement in creditability through third party certification, an effective OHSAS 18001 management system shall deliver the following inherent benefits:
- Sustained and improved environmental performance;
- Platform for process and management control and improvement;
- Reduction in waste and cost (eg energy consumption and insurance premiums); and
- Facilitates legal compliance.
HKV training courses are designed to offer different levels of staff the opportunity to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to develop, implement, maintain and improve an effective management system.
Refer to the Training page for details on OHSAS 18001 training. Contact us on your questions or requirements of in house training.