OHSAS 18001 | Health & Safety Certification | NQA

OHSAS 18001 is one of the International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

WHAT IS OHSAS 18001?

OHSAS 18001 is one of the International Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard. It provides a framework for the effective management of OH&S including all aspects of risk management and legal compliance. It addresses occupational health and safety rather than any specific product safety matters.

Please note: OHSAS 18001 has been joined by ISO 45001 - published on March 21, 2018, the new international standard for occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS). You can still apply for certification to OHSAS 18001, however this will be withdrawn in March 2021. More information on the migration to ISO 45001 is available here.

HELPS YOU TO ACHIEVE THE FOLLOWING

  • Identify workplace hazards and implement effective preventive controls 
  • Prevent injury and ill-health among your workforce
  • Reduce the risk of lost time accidents and ill-health, therefore saving costs
  • Evaluation of compliance with applicable legislative requirements
  • Improves the safety culture
  • Identify areas for training and competency requirements
  • Improve productivity 
  • Assist with pre-qualification processes from your customers 
  • Promote corporate responsibility

IS OHSAS 18001 RIGHT FOR ME?

OHSAS 18001 is right for over 90,000 certified organizations in over 127 countries around the world. It’s right if you and your organization need to demonstrate a commitment in managing the safety of people it is responsible for, and you have already designed and started to implement your systems based on OHSAS 18001:2007.

NQA has certified a wide range of organizations in different sectors including automotive, water and manufacturing 

Organizations that implement OHSAS 18001 need:

  • a clear management structure with defined authority and responsibility.
  • defined objectives for improvement, with measurable results
  • a structured approach to risk assessment and reduction.

Health & safety management failures, performance and the review of policies and objectives should be regularly monitored to ensure improvements and business benefits are realised and prioritised accordingly.

BENEFITS OF OHSAS 18001 CERTIFICATION

  • Customer satisfaction. Meet customer requirements consistently whilst safeguarding their health and property.

  • Reduced operating costs. Less down-time due to incidents and ill health and lower costs from legal fees and compensation means money saved.

  • Improved stakeholder relationships. Make the health and property of staff, customers and suppliers more of a priority and people will respond.

  • Legal compliance. Understand how statutory and regulatory requirements impact your organization and its customers.

  • Improved risk management. Identify potential incidents and implement controls and measures to keep risk as low as possible.

  • Proven business credentials. Independent verification against recognized standards speaks volumes.

  • Win more business. Procurement specifications often require certification as a condition to supply so gaining the standard opens doors. OHSAS 18001 is also recognised by Safety Schemes In Procurement (SSIP).

STEPS TO OHSAS 18001 CERTIFICATION

Application for registration is made by completing the formal Quote Request Form for certification. This provides information about your organization so we can accurately define the scope of assessment.

Assessment to OHSAS 18001 is undertaken by NQA - this consists of two mandatory visits that form the initial certification audit. Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that your management system has been fully operational for a minimum of three months and has been subject to a management review and full cycle of internal audits.

Certification to OHSAS 18001 is issued by NQA and maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification cycle.

For further information on the audit stages click here.

NEXT STEPS

OHSAS 18001 Training - We provide a range of training options to suit your needs and budget. These give you the skills to implement, audit and manage an effective health and safety management system.

Gap Analysis - We can undertake a gap analysis to help you determine the likely workload and timescale for implementing a health and safety management system that will achieve OHSAS 18001 certification. You can use this to plan implementation or brief a consultant.

Consultancy - We don't provide consultancy but we can help you choose a reputable consultant from the NQA Associate Consultant Register.

Get a Quote - We'll give you a clear indication of the costs of gaining and maintaining certification. You can complete a Quick Quote online or complete a formal Quote Request Form and email it directly to our sales team.  

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We can advise you on how to achieve certification, related training, useful resources and finding a reputable consultant.

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