OHSAS 18001:2007 certification is an assessment specification for Occupational Health and Safety Management System certification.
Since 1950, World Health Organization & International Labour Organization have defined the Occupational health & safety. In April 1999, the British Standard Institute released the specification that they called OHSAS 18001 certification. This was developed in response to strong worldwide demand for a generalized, comprehensive outline for managing occupational health & safety issues Occupational health should aim at
- The promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical.
- Mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations.
- The prevention amongst workers of departures from health caused by their working conditions.
- The protection of workers in their employment from risks resulting from factors adverse to health.
- The placing and maintenance of the worker in an occupational environment adapted to his physiological and psychological capabilities.
- Ensuring the proper and effective management of worker health & safety.
- Demonstrating to regulatory bodies the seriousness of their commitment to these issues.
Benefit of International OHSAS 18001 Standards
- A structured approach to hazard identification and risk management which can contribute to the provision of a healthier and safer working environment and the avoidance of a high proportion of accidents and occupational health problems – this should help reduce lost time through employee illness and injury.
- An increase in staff motivation by active participation in the process of continuous improvement and hazard reduction.
- Improve relations with industry and Government as this standard is designed to ensure that legal regulations are complied by the organization.
- This certification enhances the public images of the organization.