OHSAS 18001 is very similar to ISO 14001, but instead of managing environmental issues, 18001 focuses on managing Occupational Health and Safety concerns. These include Job Hazards, OSHA regulatory requirements and potential emergencies.
OHSAS 18001 is changing.
OHSAS 18001 will be replaced by ISO 45001 sometime in 2017-2018. The Draft International Standard (DIS) was published in February 2016 and an updated or second DIS will be published in May of 2017. The final ISO Standard will be published in late 2017 or 2018.
Similar to ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001-2007 builds an management suite that addresses legal compliance issues, but offers the flexibility to decide which other aspects will be managed. The standard helps build improvement objectives, training programs and control documents (work instructions, operating manuals, etc) to manage the system. More complexity is added for certain elements such as participation, incident investigation and others, but the basic structure remains almost identical to ISO 14001. Therefore, developing an OHSAS 18001 system is relatively simple if the organization already has an ISO 14001 system.
IES has developed the same suite of assistance programs and training classes for 18001 as it has for ISO 14001. IES has assisted 50+ companies with coaching and certification to these standards.
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