OHSAS 18000 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification.
The specification is comprised of two parts, 18001 and 18002, and embraces BS 8800 and a number of other publications.
The standard follows the structure of ISO 14001, requiring top-level commitment to compliance with legislation, prevention of accidents, promotion of good health and continual improvement.
The OHSAS specification is applicable to any organisation that wishes to:
- Establish an OH&S management system to eliminate or minimise risk to employees and other interested parties who may be exposed to activities with OH&S risks
- Assure compliance with its own OH&S policy
- Demonstrate such compliance to the stakeholders
- Implement, maintain and continually improve an OH&S management system
- Make a self-determination and declaration of compliance with this OHSAS specification
- Seek third party independent certification of its OH&S management system