What is OHSAS 18002?

| June 9, 2008

I had a reader ask me: “How can I learn more about the development of the OHSAS 18002 standard?”

OHSAS 18002 is entitled Occupational health and safety management systems –Guidelines for the implementation of OHSAS 18001:2007.  It is a companion standard to OHSAS 18001:2007.

This standard is currently in the process of being revised and it is out for public comment as a second committee draft (CD2) until August 1, 2008.  This standard will likely be finalized and published before the end of 2008 by BSI.

Whereas OHSAS 18001 is specifically intended to be used for third-party certification, OHSAS 18002 is not.  It is instead intended to provide generic advice concerning the application of OHSAS 18001.  The standard is formatted to set out the text of OHSAS 18001 by section and then explain the requirements of each section of the standard.  The overall purpose is to aid in the understanding and implementation of OHSAS 18001.

To achieve this purpose, OHSAS 18002 sets out lists of items that an organization should consider in implementing the various sections of OHSAS 18001.  For example, in establishing and implementing operational controls (section 4.4.6 of OHSAS 18001), OHSAS 18002 includes bulleted lists of the various types of control measures that could be used for areas such as the following:

  • performance of hazardous tasks
  • use of hazardous materials
  • purchasing of goods, equipment and services
  • handling of external personnel or visitors in the workplace.

OHSAS 18002 contains a great deal of guidance about the identification of OH&S hazards, assessing the risks associated with these hazards and the determination of appropriate operational controls to control these risks.  This additional guidance is being provided in OHSAS 18002 because section 4.3.1 of OHSAS 18001 was significantly modified and expanded in the 2007 revision of the standard.

There are specific sections in OHSAS 18002 that cover the following:

  • Developing a methodology and procedures for hazard identification and risk assessment
  • Hazard identification
  • Risk assessment
  • Management of change
  • Determining the need for controls
  • Recording and documenting the results of the hazard identification and risk assessment
  • On-going review

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Category: OHSMS Implementation, Standards & Certification

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  1. Sue Massey says:

    Just wanted to say HI. I found your blog a few days ago on Technorati and have been reading it over the past few days.