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OHSAS 18001: Occupational Health And Safety Management System

Management systems provide systematic approaches to managing different aspects of a company's business in order to achieve the company's objectives. OHSAS 18001:2007 is designed to assist companies achieve their Occupational Health and Safety objectives.

In 1996 BS 8800 was introduced as a guidance document on implementing an occupational health and safety management system but companies could not be certified against it in addition it was found different industries would adapt for their own circumstances.

A committee was established for the purpose of developing an agreed occupational health and safety management standard, the main objective was to remove confusion in the workplace from the proliferation of certifiable OH&S specifications. The result OHSAS 18001:2007. And has now become an internationally recognised standard as the benchmark for Health and Safety Management Systems certification.

The latest version is anticipated towards the end of 2016, and as it is being adopted by the ISO family it will become an International Standard and renamed as ISO 45001:2016.

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OHSAS 18001 and Your Business

Concerns about Health & Safety have been growing rapidly in recent years. High profile incidents such as rail crashes may grab the headlines but, at a local level. Increasing enforcement by the Health & Safety Executive raises the likelihood and Managers being held personally liable for breaches in Health & Safety legislation. With the implementation and achieving OHSAS 18001:2007 certification you should achieve the following:

Certification is becoming a prerequisite for major companies and local authorities

  • It is a great marketing tool
  • It will assist your company in meeting regulatory requirements
  • It may improve your companies profile in bidding for contracts
  • It may reduce your insurance premium
  • It will reduce the risk of accidents and occupational ill health
  • It will indicate to employees that the company is concerned about their welfare

Fees OHSAS 18001:2007

Annual Turnover Fee
Up to £250,000 £1,200
£250,000 to £1.5 million £1,700
£1.5 million to £3 million £2,200
£3 million to £6 million £2,700

For Company’s with a turnover that exceeds £6 million price on application: Annual external audit fee £500, £600, £700 and £800 respectively.

Fees apply to mainland only. Fees subject to vat at the prevailing rate.


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