OHSAS 18001:2007 Background

Through the 1990’s, there were several unsuccessful attempts by some countries to promote the development of a standard for health and safety management at ISO level. Recognizing that their customers in many countries demanded such a standard, a group of thirteen international certification bodies (registrars) developed a “management system specification” document and a “guidelines for implementation” document for health and safety management. These were published by BSI Standards in 1999 and 2000 respectively as OHSAS 18001:2007 and OHSAS 18002. In the absence, so far, of an ISO standard, OHSAS has quickly become recognized as the de-facto international specification for health and safety management in all industry and geographical sectors.

OHSAS 18001:2007 was specifically designed to be fully compatible with the ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental) management system specifications. Like these standards, it contains outline requirements for a health and safety management system and does not contain “absolute performance criteria”.

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