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OHSAS 18001 about the standard

OHSAS 18001:2007 what does it mean? Well to give it its full title take a look below:

O = Occupational,  H = Health &  S = Safety, A = Assessment  S = Series 18001 = The specifications number e.g 18001  2007 = date of publication and revision year e.g. 2007) 
 

So what is OHSAS 18001:2007 ?

OHSAS 18001:2007 is principally a recognised set of rules which companies implement with the aim of managing Health & Safety issues and associated hazards within their company. The main outputs from such a management system are procedures and methods which enable companies to identify, reduce, mitigate and control Health & Safety concerns within their business.

18001:2007 forms part of a family of 18000 standards, documents and guidelines; there are a large number of these associated documents, with new or revised documents being added all the time to inform and increase companies' understanding of requirements and continually improve their Health & Safety business models.

OHSAS 18001:2007 is predominately based on 4 key documents:
1. ISO 9000:2005      Quality Management Systems - Fundamentals and Vocabulary (adapted for Health & Safety use)
2. OHSAS 18001     Occupational Health and Safety Managements Systems Specification
3. OHSAS 18002    Occupational Health and Safety Managements Systems Guidelines for the implementation of OHSAS 18001
4. BS 8800:1996     Guide to Occupational and Safety Management Systems
 
Where can I find these standards?
To purchase copies of the above standards please follow the links below:
1.    Your National Standards Body:  www.iso.org/iso/en/aboutiso/isomembers/index.html
2.    From the International Organisation for Standardisation:  www.iso.org

Further information about OHSAS 18001 and related standards?
To find further information about OHSAS 18001 and related standards follow the links below:
1.    The United Kingdom Accreditation Service: www.ukas.org
2.    Your National Standards Body:  www.iso.org/iso/en/aboutiso/isomembers/index.html
3.    From the International Organisation for Standardisation:  http://www.iso.org/

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