This page provides answers to the top questions I get asked about OHSAS 18001:2007.

Question #1 – What is OHSAS 18001?

The title of OHSAS 18001 is Occupational health and safety management systems — Requirements.  OHSAS 18001 specifies the requirements that an organization must meet when implementing a management system to address OH&S hazards and risks to prevent injuries and ill health.

Question #2 – What Makes OHSAS 18001 Different?

What sets OHSAS 18001 apart from other OH&S management system standards is its widespread use for third-party certification.  Over 16,000 organizations have certified their OH&S management systems to OHSAS 18001.

Question #3 – Who Wrote It?

OHSAS 18001 was developed and written by the OHSAS Working Group – an independent group of national standards bodies, certification bodies (registrars) and other interested parties.

Question #4 – Is OHSAS 18001 Being Revised?

In 2005, the OHSAS Working Group decided to revise OHSAS 18001 to align it with ISO 14001:2004.  After a 2-year period of drafting and public review, the revised standard was published in July of 2007. 

During the revision process, hundreds of comments were received from groups and individuals around the world.  These comments were reviewed in two drafting meetings of the OHSAS Working Group — the first in Madrid in October of 2006 and a second in Shanghai in March of 2007.

Question #5 – What Changed in OHSAS 18001:2007?

Based on the public comments received, a number of key changes were made to the OHSAS 18001 standard.  Of these, five are particularly significant:

  1. Improved alignment with ISO 14001:2004  (for more info, click here)
  2. A change in the hazards and risks OHSAS 18001 is intended to cover (for more info, click here)
  3. New requirements related to hazard identification, risk assessment and management of change (for more info, click here)
  4. New requirements for external consultation and worker participation (for more info, click here)
  5. Clarification of the role of incident investigation (for more info, click here)

Question #6 – I Want to Implement OHSAS 18001 – How Do I Get Started?

Before you start making changes to your existing OH&S programs and systems, get a copy of the standard and make sure you understand the OHSAS 18001 requirements.

For additional information about implementing an OHSMS,  click here to sign-up  for my mini-course (delivered to you in separate e-mail installments) – 7 Steps to Take Before You Implement an OHSMS.

Question #7 – How Can I Get a Copy of the Standard?

An electronic copy of OHSAS18001:2007 can be ordered from BSI.  To order, click here.

Do You Still Have a Question? 

Send me an e-mail at TDunmire@enlar.com.