An Occupational Health & Safety Management System is a framework that allows an organization to consistently identify and control its health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents, aid legislative compliance and improve overall performance. OHSAS 18001 is the assessment specification for Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems. It was developed in response to the need for companies to meet their health and safety obligations in an efficient manner. The following key areas are addressed by OHSAS 18001: Planning for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control OHSAS management programme Structure and responsibility Training, and competence Awareness and communication Operational control Emergency preparedness and response Performance measuring, monitoring and improvement OHSAS 18001 can be adopted by any organization wishing to implement a formal procedure, which will reduce the risks associated with health and safety in the working environment for employees, customers and the general public. In a competitive market place, customers are looking for more than just keen pricing from their suppliers. Companies need to demonstrate that their businesses are managed efficiently and responsibly and that they can provide a reliable service without excessive downtime caused by work related accidents and incidents. Whatever the nature or size of your business, implementing an occupational health and safety management system is common sense as well as a legal requirement in many countries worldwide. Whilst the British and International Management System Standards are autonomous, they are more compatible than ever before. Integrating your systems give limitless potential while adding value and efficiency to any organization. BSI has developed the practical solution for those organizations seeking an integrated management system. HCCP certification company Who is it relevant to? OHSAS 18001:2007 certification company desystem What is OHSAS 18001? desystem ISO 22000:2005 certification consultants What are the benefits? Reduce risk Improved safety levels by controlling hazards and risks Better management of health and safety risks, now and in the future Gain competitive advantage Demonstrate your commitment to health and safety to stakeholders Improve overall performance Underline your commitment to an innovative and forward thinking approach Improved operational efficiency through accident management reduction and reduction in downtime Reduced costs for insurance premiums, compensation or penalties for breach of legislation.