21 February 2010

Auditing OHSAS 18001:2007 , Here I Come !

Fun is over, I just completed my BS OHSAS 18001:2007 certification course. which was at Hilton Resort, Mangaf. I'll get the result within 45 days, so wish me luck ^_^.    That was a full stop not a mole ! hur hur hur ...

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I already got my ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Lead Auditor Certification. once I pass OHSAS 18001 , I will have to take ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Lead Auditor certification, and that will take a load off my chest. Below are some basic FAQ's.

So you are asking, what's the whole mumbo-jumbo OHSAS 18001:2007 scene ?

BS = British Standard
OHSAS = Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Series
18001 = standard number
2007 = Issue year

So whats BS OHSAS 18001 ?

It's a British  standard(requirements) Internationally implemented and recognised for Occupational Health & Safety. OHSAS 18001 is audit-able and companies get certified against it. it contains 4 major clauses. Clause 4 is the only audit-able clause, which consists of 6 sub-clauses, and those 6 cluases contains sub-sub-clauses, etc.

What about BS OHSAS 18002 ?!

18002 is a partner document of the 18001 which contains guidlines for implementing the requirements of 18001. However, 18002 is not audit-able.

Why is it called a series ?

Well, because there is 18001 & 18002 both covering the same concept of OH&S. that, and the Brits like to make things sound more complex than what they really are.

How can a company benefits from OHSAS 18001 ?

1)It helps minimise risk to employees and personnel in the work area;
2)Ensures continual improvement of the company's current OH&S management system;
3)Demonstrates diligence;
5)Gain assurance;
6)Helps insurance claims;
7)Moral obligations toward the community;
8)Declaration of conformance with an internationally recognised standard;
9)Reduction of lost revenue due to production disruption.
10)Helps business public relations, and;
11)Builds reputation and trust among interested parties.

Why its a BS and not an ISO ?

As far as I know, the phrasing and some wording is vague (e.g. refers to records as documents, processes as elements, etc) which is not like other ISO management systems I've studied.

another argument is that , it does not emphasise on the human behaviour, most likely because the culture mentality/awareness level in the UK is decent.However, this is not the case worldwide. So more emphasis on human behaviour must be there for it to be ISO standard.

How long the certification is valid for ?

For organizations, OHSAS 18001 certificates are valid for three years, with surveillance audits held annually.

How long the certificate is valid for ?

For Auditors, the certificate is valid for a lifetime. However, auditors must attend 3-day refresher course once a new issue of the standard gets published (e.g. OHSAS 18001:2015)

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