OHSAS 18001:2007 and accompanying OHSAS 18002, Guidelines for the implementation of OHSAS 18001, have been developed in response to customer demand for a recognizable occupational health and safety management system standard against which their management system can be assessed and verified.
Organizations which have attained registration through JAS maintain that it leads to improved internal and external communications and a more disciplined attitude among employees to health and safety matters through continuous improvement.
OHSAS ensures a consistency of approach, which assures compliance as a minimum. OHSAS 18001 has been developed to be compatible with ISO 9001:2008 (Quality) and ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental) management systems standards, in order to facilitate the integration of quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems by organizations, should they wish to do so. Organizations of all kinds are increasingly concerned with achieving and demonstrating sound occupational health and safety (OH&S) performance by controlling their OH&S risks, consistent with their policy and objectives. They do so in the context of increasingly stringent legislation, the development of policies and other measures that foster good OH&S practices. The advantages of an effective OHSAS management system:
> • Provides a structured approach for managing OH&S
> • Establishes and maintains a commitment to occupational health and safety.
> • Demonstrates strong commitment to safety excellence.
> • Organisational structures in place with clear roles and responsibilities.
> • Existence of a continuous improvement culture.
> • Strong levels of trust and communication >
• Reduction in incident levels with increased measures of performance.
> • Contributes to business performance by reducing cost and liabilities.
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