Improvements and changes to the OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Requirements Standard.
There have been a number of significant changes to the standard since the first edition was published in 1999. The changes reflect the widespread use and experience of the standard in more than 80 countries, and by approximately 16000 certified organizations (based on the 2005 OHSAS Standards and Certificates survey figures). Principal amongst the changes are much greater emphasis on "health" rather than just "safety", and significantly improved alignment to ISO 14001:2004 (to enable organizations to develop "integrated management systems"). A summary of the key changes is given below.
If your organization has already achieved certification to OHSAS 18001:1999, or is in the final stages of achieving it, a two year "transition" period ending on 1 July 2009 has been agreed, in order to allow you to make the change to using the new standard. Please contact your local AIMS MANAGEMANT office to gain a better insight into understanding how the process will affect you.
ISO OHSAS 18001 Consulting What is OHSAS 18001 ?
OHSAS 18001 is the latest certification specification for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. It is based on already published criteria such as BS 8800 and the Management Regulations 1992. OHSAS 18001 is an audit/certification specification, not a legislative requirement or a guide to implementation.