OHSAS 18001Health and Safety Management

Reduce health and safety risks, protect your employees and don’t break the law.

Is your health and safety management good enough for OHSAS 18001 certification?

OHSAS 18001 is the internationally recognised standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. By implementing its best-practice processes, you can help your company identify and control its health and safety risks.

Achieving OHSAS 18001 certification demonstrates that your company is committed to reducing accidents, complying with the law and improving its overall health and safety performance. This can lead to increased employee, customer and stakeholder confidence in your management systems. It can also enhance your company’s brand and give you a competitive advantage.

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Why should I apply for OHSAS 18001 certification?

Every business has to comply with health and safety legislation. The OHSAS 18001 standard ensures your organisation, whatever its size or sector, meets its legal obligations. It is evidence that you are dedicated to tackling health and safety risks. It also shows your commitment to reducing the personal risks to your employees as well as the disruption costs to your business.


Here are some benefits of using the OHSAS 18001 framework:
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    Ensure awareness and compliance with your legal obligations, including the latest health and safety regulations, so minimising the risk of legal action

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    Improve your corporate image and credibility with regulators, customers, employees, suppliers and other stakeholders

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    Protect the health and well-being of your employees, sub-contractors and the public

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    Minimise employer’s liability by adopting proactive rather than reactive controls

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    Reduce accident and incident rates by identifying and removing workplace hazards

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    Improve your incident investigation process, helping you prevent repeat incidents

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    Increase your employee motivation, by involving them in the process of creating a safer workplace

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    Boost productivity by preventing incidents that disrupt your business.

How businesses have benefitted from OHSAS 18001

How to get OHSAS 18001

Our expert consultants will make the process of gaining OHSAS 18001 certification as straightforward as possible for you. This includes helping your business make any necessary improvements to its processes.

Our 3-stage certification process ensures you get the help you need at every step. We can even create your quality manual for you, saving you time and money.

Once you have achieved certification, you will need to pass an audit each year. This is to ensure your business continues to deliver the highest standards in health and safety management. Your first audit will be one year after you receive your OHSAS certificate.

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How much does an OHSAS 18001 cost?

The cost of certification depends on several factors. These include your business sector, your annual turnover, the location of your offices, and the number of employees. We will also need to know if you require ASCB or UKAS accreditation.

However, QMS is committed to providing a cost-effective route to OHSAS 18001 certification. That’s why we focus on making certification simple and straightforward. We save you money because we spend less time creating complex document trails and more time building a system that works for your business.

To find out how affordable OHSAS 18001 certification really is, just use our Fee Calculator and we’ll email you a bespoke quote immediately.

How long will it take to get OHSAS 18001?

From your first consultation with our health and safety experts through to certification, can take as little as 30 days. However, this does depend on the size and complexity of your business.

We can normally save you time and hard work by drafting your health and safety manual for you. This can also help you achieve certification faster than if you did it yourself.

For more details on what you need to do to achieve OHSAS 18001 certification, please see our implementation guide. Or use our OHSAS 18001 checklist to see what information you will need to provide to meet OHSAS 18001 requirements.

Latest OHSAS 18001 news

At QMS we are constantly updating our approach and process to meet the latest changes in how OHSAS 18001 works.