Let’s Start With The Basics — What Is OHSAS 18001?

| May 7, 2007

OHSAS 18001 is a specification document (standard) that sets out requirements for establishing and implementing an occupational health and safety management system.


It was originally developed in 1999 by an independent group of national standards organizations and certification bodies.  Although it is not an ISO standard, OHSAS 18001 is structured the same way as ISO 14001, the environmental management system standard, and has essentially the same elements.  It was developed specifically for use in third-party certification.


OHSAS 18001 was developed to replace a number of registrar-specific OH&S specification documents and to serve as a model for developing an international standard.  Its development was initially driven by the lack of consensus for moving ahead in developing an international standard through the ISO standard-setting process.



More information about OHSAS 18001 can be found on ENLAR’s web site at http://www.enlar.com/ohsas18001.html#OHSAS18001.

Category: FAQ, Standards & Certification

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  1. AUSTEN BANDA says:

    What does a standard occupational safety and health contain and look like?

  2. Thea says:

    It depends on the particular standard and its intended use. If a standard is primarily intended as a guidance document, then it usually contains what the drafters believe will be good ideas and best practices. If a standard is intended to be used for third-party certification, it will contain “shall” clauses and auditable requirements.