OHSAS 18001:2007 on Occupational Health & Safety
The standard by the British Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Assessment is an internationally accepted Management system with the objective of prominently reducing and curbing the risk of injury, accidents and work-related complaints and mishaps in the organizations.
It is designed to enable organizations to control risks and improve performance in the area of Occupational Health and Safety.
The OHSAS 18001 standard maintains an active, anticipatory and preventative emphasis on risk-control factors by recognizing and measuring the probability and severity of risks at the workplace.
To holistically safe-guard the interests of the employees with respect to their well-being and performance, a new standard on the Occupational Health and Safety management system is currently under development by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 45001. Once the standard is launched, it will succeed the OHSAS 18001 standard that has been the accepted standard since 2007.
- The management system works towards minimizing risks within the organization.
- By implementing the standard, the organization saves the actual costs relating to curing the direct and indirect effects of accidents and mishaps occurring to the employees.
- The organization also works on interruptions that may have been caused due to these accidents and mishaps, thus boosting productivity.
- A clear understanding and said down rules & regulations of the safety procedures improves transparency.
- The organization gains a competitive advantage by practicing OH&S which creates a goodwill amongst its stakeholders.