Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (BS OHSAS 18001)
Many larger companies are tendering for contracts where they are required to have BS OHSAS 18001 certification as a prerequisite for award of the contract.
18001 focuses on establishing a Management System for Health and Safety which is based on the plan, do, check, review philosophy of all Management Systems (e.g. BS 9001 Quality System). In other words, its objective is to create a proactive, rather than a static Health and Safety system.
Although smaller companies would not want the expense of gaining 18001 certification, with very little effort, they can align their Health and Safety arrangements with the 18001 Management Systems approach. Apart from creating a more proactive attitude towards Health and Safety within the company, it will greatly reduce the amount of work to be done if the company wanted to seek BS OHSAS 18001 certification in the future.