01/31/2005

A healthy business

Many organisations are increasingly concerned about demonstrating a sound
occupational health and safety (OH&S) performance to their stakeholders by
managing the risks and improving the beneficial effects of their activities,
products and services. OHSAS 18001 can help.
The specification is applicable to any organisation from all types of business
sectors and activities. Certification against OHSAS 18001 is aimed at the way a
company has control over, and knowledge of, all relevant risks resulting from
normal operations and abnormal situations. It can be adapted to existing
management system standards as a complementary standard to both ISO 9001 and
ISO 14001. The clauses and its order are very similar to other standards which
follow the plan-do-check-act cycle.

OHSAS 18001:1999 requirements


    4.2 OH&S policy

    4.3.1 Planning for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control

    4.3.2 Legal and other requirements

    4.3.3 Objectives

    4.3.4 OH&S management programme(s)

    4.4.1 Structure and responsibility

    4.4.2 Training, awareness and competence

    4.4.3 Consultation and communication

    4.4.4 Documentation

    4.4.5 Document and data control

    4.4.6 Operational control

    4.4.7 Emergency preparedness and response

    4.5.1 Performance measurement and monitoring

    4.5.2 Accidents, incidents, non-conformances and corrective and preventive
    action

    4.5.3 Records and records management

    4.5.4 Audit

    4.6 Management review


OHSAS specification is based on ensuring continual performance improvement in
OH&S performance in the workplace. As a consequence, by smoothly managing OH&S
performance, the organisation can afford resources to be creative and focused
on managing OH&S aspects by means of 'proactive' understanding of the
work-place that brings more benefits.

Further information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Institute of Quality Assurance