OHSAS 18001:2007 Supports ISO 14000 and Risk Management

The Occupational Health and Safety Management System Specification 18001 covers nine areas that need to be addressed to earn certification. It is not an ISO standard.

Since August of 2013, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has approved the creation of a new project committee to develop an international standard for Occupational Health and Safety. The work is overseen by ISO Project Committee (PC) 283, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – Requirements.

teamwork-gearsThe nine OHSAS 18001 areas that a company seeking certification must address are:

  1. Planning for hazard recognition
  2. Assessment and control of risk
  3. Occupational Health System management
  4. Awareness of occupational health and safety policies (from the factory worker to the CEO)
  5. Proven ability to comply
  6. Education and training
  7. Communication with employees on problems and solutions
  8. Emergency readiness and response procedures
  9. Documentation reflecting performance and improvement measurements

OHSAS 18001:2007 Supports ISO 14000 and Risk Management

lineman-repair-safetyThe updated standard was written to support and be integrated with ISO 14000 Environmental Management Standard and ISO 9000 Quality Management. When reviewing an overview of the ISO 14000 Environmental Management Standard’s elements and those of OHSAS 18001:2007, there are only a few places the wording deviates, and those deviations are reflective of the targeted object of the respective management systems.

Under the element 4.3 Planning of OHSAS 18001:2007 the phrase Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment are used, where in the ISO 14000 specification the line reads Environmental Aspects. Under 4.5 Checking and Corrective Action element of OHSAS 18001:2007 Accidents, Incidents, Non-Conformances and Corrective + Preventative Action is listed. In the ISO 14000 specification, the line reads Evaluation of Compliance and Corrective + Preventative Action. ISO 14000 preceded OHSAS 18001:1999 by three years. In 2007 when OHSAS 18001:2007 was updated one of the main goals was to dovetail with the requirements for occupational health and safety for workers with ISO 14000 requirements for the safety and well-being of the environment.

ISO 14000 certification requires that companies take stock of their environmental issues, prioritize them on criteria of their choice, and select the elements they will manage through an ISO 14000 environmental management system. These requirements are the same for OHSAS 18001:2007 in regard to health and safety issues in the workplace. OHSAS 18001:2007 certification, adds value to the company’s reputation in their market for continuity of quality in a safe and efficient environment.

OHSAS Awareness, Internal Auditor and Business Skills Training are important aspects of the successful implementation your organization’s management system based upon the proper implementation of OHSAS 18001:2007. We can provide your organization with the training services that are needed for your success. We can help you understand OHSAS 18001 and 18002 and assess whether your organization is a strong candidate for certification.

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