OHSAS 18001 has now been replaced by ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System.

OHSAS 18001

Health and Safety Management

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

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.

Why should I apply for OHSAS 18001 certification?

Every business is faced with the challenge of meeting health and safety obligations. OHSAS 18001 ensures your organisation, whatever its size or sector, meets those legal obligations, has the appropriate techniques in place to identify OH&S risks and makes workplace health and safety a priority.

Here are some benefits of using the OHSAS 18001 framework: 

  1. Reduce the risk of fines - The standard drives increased employee awareness of and compliance with legal OH&S obligations, minimising the risk of legal action
  2. Improve your corporate image – having best-practice OH&S measures in place to protect staff can increase stakeholders and interested parties’ confidence
  3. Implement clear OH&S processes –  Protect the health and well-being of your employees, sub-contractors and the general public by implementing clear processes that everyone can easily follow
  4. Minimise employer liability – by adopting proactive rather than reactive controls
  5. Reduce accident rates – the standard helps you to reduce accident/incident rates by identifying and minimising workplace hazards
  6. Improve your incident investigation process – by identifying the potential causes of accidents within the workplace you can prevent repeat incidents
  7. Increase employee motivation – by involving them in the process of creating a safer workplace and improving communication and training
  8. Boost productivity – by preventing incidents that disrupt your business, reducing absenteeism and enhancing employee morale.

How businesses have benefitted from OHSAS 18001

Client Testimonials of QMS and the ISO Certification Process

    Professional, Helpful and Supportive

    [The Consultant] was excellent. He turned up ahead of time and promptly began the audit. After introducing himself and QMS' associated services he set out a clear agenda for the day and began the audit process in a calm and ordered manner making all of our Senior Management Team and H&S committee relaxed about the Audit. He then explained in detailed where our system worked well, how it could be improved and how these points related to the ISO 45001 standard. Offered his advice where needed and was genuinely one of the best auditors we'd received at the office. Great service
    Alex Molloy, Operations Manager. Soljet Ltd

    Originally posted on

    ISO 45001

    Training Received Was Of Highest Standard As Always

    I received my ISO 45001 training from [the Consultant] today, and as with all the training I have received from [him], I have came away with a full understanding of the context and how to apply it into my day to day routine. Excellent as always!
    Michael Cole, SHEQ Manager. The Hill Cross Organisation Limited

    Originally posted on

    ISO 45001

Download these helpful documents:

    Guide to ISO certification

    Why you should choose QMS to assist your business with ISO certification

    General downloads

    Upgrading to ISO 45001:2018

    Transitioning your Management System from OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001:2018

    OHSAS 18001 downloads

    Case Study: Returnable Packaging

    A real life case study of a company that obtained ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 certification

    OHSAS 18001 downloads

    QMS International Company Profile

    Find out about QMS, our achievements and some of our clients

    General downloads

Latest OHSAS 18001 news

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

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