BS OHSAS 18001

The standard for occupational health and safety

What is OHSAS 18001?

BS OHSAS 18001 is an internationally recognised British standard for occupational health and safety management. It enables organisations to manage risk and help aid compliance with legislation, as well as maintain a safe and healthy working environment for employees, visitors and others.

Who is it for?

OHSAS 18001 is suitable for any organisation that wants a robust health and safety management system. This is especially important in high risk industries such as construction, manufacturing and logistics.

How can OHSAS 18001 help your organisation?

  • Cost savings through reducing or eliminating costs associated with work-related injuries or illness

  • Enables measurement of health and safety performance by establishing a framework for controlling and measuring health and safety performance

  • Helps reduce the occurrence of accidents and incidences

  • Helps you stay abreast of relevant legislation and reduces the likelihood of prosecution and fines

Once you decide to implement OHSAS 18001, the first step is to learn about its best practice recommendations and compare these to your existing processes. This will help you identify any gaps or weaknesses in your current health and safety management systems, and give practical advice on how to improve.

There are two main options for this stage – you can get one of our starter packs, or you can hire an OHSAS 18001 consultant to guide you through the process.

The next step is to plan how to introduce the key principles of health and safety management into your organisation.

Update or renew your processes according to the guidelines set out in OHSAS 18001, then communicate the changes internally. If you need extra support during this stage, an OHSAS 18001 consultant will be able to advise you and provide you with a gap analysis pre-assessment to make sure you’re ready for certification.

Once you and your consultant are satisfied that your health and safety processes align with the principles set out in OHSAS 18001, it’s time to book your certification.

We will complete a full audit of your business processes. If they meet the requirements of BS OHSAS 18001, we will then issue you with certification.

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  • Get certified

  • Transfer your certification provider


OHSAS 18001 Certification

Why get certified to OHSAS 18001?

Certification to BS OHSAS 18001 demonstrates, both internally and externally, a commitment to maintain or improve the way in which you manage health and safety within your organisation. This improves your corporate reputation. 

OHSAS 18001 certification requires setting targets through an organisational health and safety policy,and committing to ongoing measurement against these targets. This supports a process of continual improvement.

Holding BS OHSAS 18001 certification also provides new opportunities to win business where certification is a condition of supply. It also strengthens other applications for work, even if certification is not a condition of supply. 

Why get certified with Alcumus?

Our certification body Alcumus ISOQAR is accredited by the UK’s national accreditation body, UKAS.
Being UKAS-accredited means that ISOQAR has been judged to be a competent certification body by a highly-qualified independent source. We provide accurate and impartial certification services that you and your stakeholders can trust.


Transfer your OHSAS 18001 Certification

If you are currently with another certification provider, you can transfer to Alcumus ISOQAR with no break in your certification. We make transferring your ISO certification convenient, and there is no fee to transfer!

We will take care of the administration and make sure that there is no disruption to your organisation. Your audit schedule can be kept the same - or changed if you would prefer.

To find out more about transferring, Call 03432 496 328

OHSAS 18001 Training Courses

Our OHSAS 18001 training courses, including CQI IRCA accredited courses, help you implement the health and safety standard in your organisation.

ISO 45001

OHSAS 18001 is due to be replaced by a new international standard, ISO 45001


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