OHSAS 18000 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification. It was created through collaboration of the world’s leading national standards bodies, certification bodies, and trade bodies.
A Health and Safety Management System helps develop a safe and healthy working environment by providing a framework that allows an organisation to:
- regularly identify and control its health and safety risks,
- reduce the probability for work accidents,
- promote compliance of health and safety legislation, and
- improve overall performance.
Both OHSAS 18001 and ELOT 1801:2008 have been designed to be compatible with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, to help an organization meet its health and safety obligations in an efficient manner.
Certification according to the requirements of OHSAS 18001:2007/ELOT 1801:2008 can provide an organisation with the following benefits:
- Reduction in the number of accidents,
- Fewer absent days and a reduction in the associated costs,
- Demonstration of legal and regulatory compliance,
- Demonstration to customers of the organisation’s commitment to health and safety and the protection of staff, property and plant,
- Increased access to new customers and business partners,
- Reduced public liability insurance costs due to fewer work-related accidents.