OHSAS 18001 has now been replaced by ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System.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

    QMS International recently carried out renewal audits of our ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 management systems. ...I found [the Consultant's] input and knowledge of this area extremely beneficial over the few days we spent together. I particularly like this consultant as he always puts forwards recommendations for improvements to firstly see if they would actually work within the company and if so, then how they should then be implemented. I have seen many consultants in the past where perhaps the customers needs are not in their best interests and they simply want to get the renewal process complete. [The QMS Consultant] on the other hand ensures that no stone is left unturned which is of upmost importance to our company to ensure that we have no gaps in our management system as we continually seek to improve. I am looking forward to upgrading to ISO 45001 with QMS International in the coming months.
    Dominick Gallagher, Health, Safety, Environmental & Quality Manager. Knight Build Limited

    Originally posted on

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    QMS did our external audits for ISO 9001,ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 - quick & efficient

    We had 4 audits completed ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 & ISO 27001 by 2 auditors over 3 days. They turned up bang on time and finished when they said they would, also they seemed very thorough and passed on advice about possible improvements and also sent new updated templates. The office side of things is good as any queries I have are resolved quickly.
    Mick Barton, Operations Manager. M A G Orthotics Limited

    Originally posted on

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Download these helpful documents:

    Guide to ISO certification

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

    Guide to 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

    QMS International Company Profile

    General downloads

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