About OHSAS 18001-Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems

The standard provides an outline for any organizations, regardless of their complexity, business scale or nature of business, to holistically manage and supervise their occupational safety and health hazard. The OHSAS 18001 is intended and designed to enable any scale of organizations to demonstrate their commitment towards providing a safe and efficient working environment to all employees. It will simply help the organization to identify and understand their OHS risks and to improve upon their performance by actively managing these activities internally.

 

The organizations productivity can be further improved through the rationale of OHSAS 18001 by focusing continuously on minimizing the occupational hazard risk within the workplace.

 

OHSAS 18001 is the latest version and certification requirement for the Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. It has been formulated/created on the published criteria of the BS 8800 and the Management Regulations 1992. 

 

The OHSAS 18001 certificate defines and represents the standard for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, this will enable any organization to control and manage its OH&S risks and improve further towards its overall performance.

 

Based on the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series of OHSAS 18001 facilitates any organization to 

 

The occupational health and safety assessment series OHSAS 18001 helps and leads the organizations to create a more defined occupational health and safety policies and objectives. The intention of this standard is to guide and achieve an accident-free/zero-accident on any workplaces and heading towards an Integrated Safety Policy through the OHSAS 18001. This will avoid the growing incidents on any sites and or within the organizations. The OHSAS 18001 certification is applicable to all industries and sectors. 

 

OHSAS 18001 does not modify any product or service safety; instead, it will continuously safeguards the health and safety of every employees and other stakeholders within the organization.

 

Main Highlights

The Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management System is a comprehensive description aimed to facilitate and support any organization to control OH&S risks and continuously improve its daily operations and performance. A safety oriented approach can be integrated within the company’s processes linked with the OHSAS 18001:2007 Certification to demonstrate a commitment towards a safety working environment and an advanced protection to all employees against any injuries that may occur at a work place.

 

OHSAS 18001:2007 has been established to be fully compatible/identical with the other management system standards such as ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004, this will facilitate the integration of quality, environmental and OH&S management systems by any organizations.

 

The OHSAS specification is applicable to any organization that wishes to:

 

  • Establish an OH&S management system to liquidate or decrease risk to any employees and other interested parties who may be exposed to OH&S risks associated with in its daily/operational activities. 
  • Implement, maintain and continually improve an OH&S management system. 
  • Assure and aligns the organizations conformances based on its stated OH&S policy.
  • Demonstrate and promote such conformance to others positively.
  • Seek certification/registration of its OH&S management system by an external organization.
  • Make a self-determination and declaration of conformance with this OHSAS specification.

 

Brief about the ISO standard

Most of the leading companies in the world are adopting and practicing the OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. It is very essential to any organization to maintain and align their Health and Safety Management principles and also to upkeep the organizations reputation in the global scene. Companies which have implemented the above systems receives the benefit of the marketing edge and it facilitates them to continuously maintain throughout the implemented employee protection program. The distinguishing factor in today’s competitive market will represent the organizations commitment to protect the health and safety of every employees.

 

 

Adapted from the OHSAS 18001:2007

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    Customer Satisfaction can be remarkably achieved through the timely delivery of products that will consistently meet customer requirements whilst safeguarding their health and property.

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    Reduced operating costs can be attained by decreasing down-time through incidents, ill health and reducing costs associated with the legal fees and compensation.

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    Improved and promote the stakeholder relationships by safeguarding the health and property of employees, customers and suppliers.

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    Legal compliance can be accomplished by understanding how statutory and regulatory requirements impacts the organization and its customers.

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    It provides a clear communication channel within the organization to gather relevant information on legal and other requirements to employees and interested parties.

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    Improvement on handling risk management can be facilitated through clear identification of potential incidents and implementation of proper controls and measures.

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    The standard will be able to present a proven business credentials that could be endorsed through independent verification against recognized standards.

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    Ability to obtain potential businesses will be achieved particularly where procurement specifications require certification as a pre-qualification/conditions.

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    Establish an OH&S MS well-focused on eliminating, minimizing the risk to employees, customers and suppliers whom can be exposed to any related OH&S risks associated activities.

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    Provides a greater participation and obligation at all levels in the organization which will be resulting in an improved health and safety culture.


BAS 4P methodology is the way of standardizing the client process and procedure in a systematic way. The 4P enables BAS and client to go through a series of activities that leads to certifications. The 4P methodology deeply analyze and reviews the process and procedure within the organization and improves overall performance of the organization and finally get certified. 
BAS implements the following activities.

 

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PREPARE

Understand the context

  • Capture and review business goals to understand the context and client.
  • Determine goals of the assessment of the client by questionnaire, interviews etc.
  • Identify key stakeholders.
  • Determine the scope (functional areas, geographical coverage etc) and timeline.
  • Finalize scope, timeline and resource needs.
  • Confirm approach and seek client commitment.
  • Mobilize the Assessment project team.
  • Schedule interviews.
  • Hold a kick-off meeting.
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PERFORM

Gather Data

  • Gather and Analyze/Review existing documentation, portals, past audit reports, forms, metrics, data etc and understand how the operations is compliance with standards.
  • Conduct interviews and workshops.
  • Document survey results and preliminary ratings if any.
  • Document preliminary findings.
  • Assess environment and, gaining evidentiary support from interviews and documents.
  • Identify key issues and challenges and seek agreements from stakeholders
  • Implement and improve process and procedures

 

PRESENT

Develop Recommendations

  • Identify opportunities to overcome identified issues and/or reach maturity levels.
  • Prioritize alternatives.
  • Develop recommendations and near-term timeline.
  • Prepare final report.
  • Preview final report with stakeholders and update as required.
  • Present final report.

 

PURSUE

Continual Improvement 

  • Follow up with the organization and analyze the how the organization is compliance with the standards
  • Check with the organization that the standards are being implemented and maintained.
  • Evaluate the continual fulfillment and improvement of all the required and relevant documents.

 

Certification Details

 

BAS is a versatile ISO certification body, with various industrial expertise and strong exposures in the field of Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental, Service Management and Information Security Management. We provide reliable services in the UK, Middle East, India and Other countries.

 

We at BAS with our veteran assessors provide you with certification which provides value for your management system. Many clients around the world have greatly benefited through our exemplary service. 

 

The following are the steps in this phase we do as part of certification

 

Contract signature

BAS representative sends out an application which is a questionnaire to the organization which is the applicant for the Certification.

Once BAS receives the filled in application, the BAS representative sends an official quote to the applicant for approval.

 

Pre-audit (optional):

Gap analysis and diagnosis of your systems current position against requirements of the standard - A pre-certification audit is a high level evaluation indicating where your company currently stands in compliance with specific standards before the main certification audit. 

 

Audit Stage 1- Initial Visit: to verify the establishment and implementation of the basic structure of your Management System

 

BAS will carry out a Document review Assessment of the clients Management System according to the requirements of  Standard in order to establish to what extent the System addresses the requirements of the standard and if a subsequent Initial Assessment for Accredited Certificate is likely to result in successful certification at an early stage, by which usually companies take the necessary corrective/preventive actions as appropriate and prior to the Initial Assessment. The Pre-audit should not be considered as a Consultancy Service

 

Audit Stage 2 - Certification audit (certificate issued after successful certification audit)

 

The principal purpose of the Initial Assessment is to audit the Companys Management Systems for compliance with the the standard. Please note that Initial Assessment is the obligatory service.   In this phase if there are any opportunities for improvements identified BAS auditors would report them in the interest of the organization.  

 

Surveillance audits to follow the continual improvement

 

It is also an obligatory service; BAS will perform Surveillance Visit approximately after every year i.e. a total of 3 Surveillance Visits will be performed every year during the 3 years validation period of the Certificate. Such routine surveillance Visits are performed to ensure the continuous compliance of your Management System to the requirements of  Standards.

 

Re-certification after 3 years through full audit or continual assessment.

What we do?

  • BAS can assist your organization to acquire any relevant ISO certifications in UAE which is well-known internationally. It will generate additional business opportunities, exhibit the organizations compliance and commitment to the best-practices in any industries in order to be more competitive in todays market.
  • We at BAS with our veteran assessors provide you with certification which provides value for your management system. Many clients around the world have greatly benefited through our exemplary service.
  • When you choose BAS as your certification partner you stand to gain monetarily in your business by our straight forward assessment. The overall aim of certification is to give confidence to all parties that a management system fulfills specified requirements. The value of certification is the degree of public confidence and trust that is established by an Impartial and competent assessment by a third party. 
  • With BAS, you will have the capability to deliver on the promises you make this helps you to enhance your     reputation, creates confidence in your capabilities, substantiates claims and differentiates your     organization; 
  • With BAS,  Obtains the full tangible benefits and value of your management systems this helps you to     link assessment system benefits to financial performance or improvements in effectiveness     and efficiency that help drive your business forward in  measurable and verifiable ways; and develops your capability to better manage a range of non-financial risks. 
  • As an integral part of this process, BAS will evaluate the relevance of the quality objectives against the analysis of stakeholder expectations and strategic goals of the company. We will assess the capability of the management system in controlling the defined processes. We will assess the effectiveness of the management decision making in respect to this data and, on the basis of this assessment, we will help senior management identify any changes required to support continual improvement. 
  • Providing more opportunities for improvements than just performing a compliance audit against the standards requirements.  
  • Understand the local culture and working patterns of the clients will facilitate better communication and understanding between BAS and the clients.
  • BAS possesses resources who have the knowledge and skills of multiple standards such as ISO 20000, ISO 27001, SKEA for eg., in Abu Dhabi for Business Excellence programs etc.,. This greatly helps the clients to have better inputs as the standards can be applied in an integrated way and the auditors can provide a holistic feedback. 
  • BAS has offices around the world and the auditors  have access to the knowledge from all around the global parts which will be helpful to the clients as they can have a better understanding and more practical suggestions from BAS auditors.
  • BAS location advantage within the Emirates on the following: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain, Sharja, Ajman, Ras Al Kaimah and Fujairah (We have successfully completed many and different projects locally and also internationally).
  • BAS strongly promotes and implements the facilitations on the relevant Management System not only for the sake of certification but to really make a difference in the processes and procedures that will be implemented throughout any organization.
  • BAS consist of some project members which are also EFQM International Assessors this can add value to the assignment as Abu Dhabi government is highly recommending Organizational Excellence program across Abu Dhabi Emirate (and UAE).

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