Introduction to OHSAS 18001 Training

This course provides insight into interpreting the OHSAS 18001:2007 requirements and expert guidance in implementing an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) for purposes of third-party certification.

This course is set up as a series of six e-learning training modules that can be accessed on the Web from anywhere.  Each lesson includes both an audio presentation and a handout that you can print out and use for taking notes as you follow along.

In addition to the training presentations, you will also get access to a “members-only” website that provides links to additional resource materials PLUS access to a Q&A page that provides you the ability to ask the instructor questions about the OHSAS 18001 standard.

The course instructor, Thea Dunmire, was an active participant in the OHSAS Project Group meetings.  She helped write the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard.  In addition to detailed insider knowledge about the OHSAS 18001 requirements, Ms. Dunmire has over 25 years of occupational health and safety experience.  She is a certified industrial hygienist, certified safety professional and RABQSA certified EMS Lead Auditor.

Thea has many years of experience in assisting companies in wide range of industries with developing and implementing management systems for third-party certification.

Set out below is a description of the information covered in each of the 6 lessons that make up this Introduction to OHSAS 18001 course.

Topics Covered in Lesson 1

A key step in establishing an OH&S management system is understanding what setting up a management system entails and defining and documenting what activities, areas and personnel you intend to include within the management system.  This lesson will help you accomplish this.

Topics Covered in Lesson 2

This lesson focuses on ensuring that you understand the terms used in the OHSAS 18001 standard.  The OHSAS 18001 definitions are not necessarily the same as the dictionary definitions and, in some cases, they differ from the definitions used in other standards and regulations.

Topics Covered in Lesson 3

This lesson focuses on providing a general understanding of the OHSAS 18001 elements and the steps you need to take to implement a management system that meets the OHSAS 18001 requirements.

Topics Covered in Lesson 4

The vast majority of organizations implement a combined environmental, health and safety (EHS) management system.  There are a number of challenges associated with this management system integration. The goal of this lesson is to discuss these challenges and provide suggestions for developing an integrated management system approach.

Topics Covered in Lesson 5

Many organizations choose to have their OH&S management system third-party certified.  ISO has developed several standards that support and provide credibility for accredited third-party certification.  The purpose of this lesson is to provide an overview of these accreditation and certification processes so you can choice the registration option that is right for your organization.

Topics Covered in Lesson 6

This lesson focuses on providing information that you can use for making the business case for implementing an OHS management system.  It outlines the reasons why organizations typically implement a management system.  It compares the benefits and disadvantages associated with using the various OHSMS standards available.  Finally, it provides an equation you can use for determining the value of an OHSMS to your organization.

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