OHSAS 18001 FAQ

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1. What is OHSAS 18001?
OHSAS 18001, or the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS 18001), is a framework to help organisations develop and implement an Occupational Health and Safety management system. Developed by the British Standards Institute, the standard dovetails with the ISO 14001 environmental management process - and shares some compliance requirements.
2. How do we get certified?
The OHSAS 18001 standard follows Occupational Health and Safety protocols and planning procedures. Aside from this, the certification structure is broadly the same as that of ISO 14001. Therefore, the elements of the ISO 18001 standard you must comply with to gain certification are as follows:

  • Occupational Health and Safety policy
  • Occupational Health and Safety planning
  • Implementation and operation
  • Checking and corrective action
  • Management review
3. Can you help with accredited registration?
Yes. HPA will work with you to plan and implement your OHSAS 18001 framework - then assist your company in working towards successful audit and certification with an officially recognized third party assessment organisation. We only work with bodies accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), so the certificate you gain is acceptable to your customers
4. How much does this all cost?
The answer is - not as much as you think.  Government grants may be available covering up to 50% of your OHSAS 18001 implementation, but we also offer finance options to spread your payments - making the whole process of gaining accreditation straightforward and cost-effective.
5. What are the main benefits of getting registered?
In terms of Health and Safety considerations, attaining OHSAS 18001 accreditation will mean:

  • Ongoing compliance with Health and Safety rules
  • Lowered risk of injury and accidents for your employees
  • Enhanced awareness of Health and Safety issues for your staff
  • Increased trust with customers, staff and other stakeholders
  • A lower potential of fines & penalties for non-compliance
  • The streamlining of your daily operations
  • The possibility of lower insurance premiums