OHSAS 18001 is a series of standards for evaluation and assessment of health and safety (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Specification) which seeks to help organizations to develop a policy on occupational health and safety to improve it. OHSAS 18001 is actually a document for assessing the health and safety. OHSAS is not directly part of the family of international standards issued by ISO, but its nature and effect is similar to them. It helps to continuously improve OHS in the organization. According to OHSAS 18001, the organization can be certified (in addition to a fully autonomous system QMS - ISO 9001 and EMS / ISO 14001) or it can be achieved as an integrated (combined) certification. OHSAS 18001 certificate guarantees that the system of health and safety at work, which was introduced in the firm, has been assessed by an accredited certification body and meets the requirements of OHSAS 18001.
Current version OHSAS 18001:2007 was published on July 1st, 2007.
Use of the OHSAS 18001 in practice: The implementation of the standard helps improve safety and health on all levels of organization. It helps to systematically reduce occupational hazards that may threaten the safety and health of all people influenced by the activities, products or services of the organization. Indirectly, it helps reduce the incidence of occupational diseases and accidents, minimize costs associated with accidents and therefore indirectly increase organizational performance. At the same time with the OHSAS 18001 certificate it can be demonstrated compliance with legal obligations in the area of the occupational safety.
OHSAS 18001 is applicable in all sectors.