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What is OHSAS 18001?

OHSAS 18001 is the international standard for safety management.

This standard is the benchmark for assessing and auditing Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems in the workplace. It is regarded as a discipline which guides organisations in developing and implementing policies and objectives that demonstrate a company’s knowledge and control over hazards and risks in its work environment. The Australian and New Zealand standard in AS/NZS 4801.

The responsibility of management in regards to the health and safety of their employees, business units, and output have increased due to changes with the introduction of the WHS Act in 2011. As a result, this has made it increasingly important for an organisation to implement a management system to comply with the necessary obligations.

 

Note: ISO 45001:2018 was released on the 12th of March 2018 and OHSAS 18001:2007 has been superseded from that date. Read about the changes here. 

Benefits

Achieving the international standard as opposed to the Australian and New Zealand safety management standard boasts a number of additional benefits.

Certification of this standard:

  • Shows companies worldwide that your organisation is committed to the welfare of staff and external parties
  • Gives organisations a competitive advantage; minimises the risk of production delays
  • Minimises the risk of downtime through accidents
  • Provides possible cost saving through public liability insurance premiums
  • Demonstrates strong commitment to ongoing improvement of safety performance

Industries affiliated with this standard

OHSAS 18001 is applicable across all industries.

Process

8 steps to certification

Certification can be an extremely valuable asset to organisations. It can enable them to attract more clients, generate higher revenue, and build better customer confidence. In addition to this, some organisations require businesses to be certified to management standards in order to win tenders.

We specialise in assisting organisations with developing and implementing management systems which put your business on the path to becoming certified.

Our 8 Step Process is designed to give clients the most efficient turnaround time whilst delivering service second to none.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What industries do you work with?

As a leading provider of consultancy services we cover a wide range of disciplines including safety compliance, quality compliance and environmental compliance across high-risk industries.

We work with high risk industries including construction, manufacturing, aviation, professional services, healthcare, and transport.

What can all these management systems do for my business?

Management Systems alone won’t add any value to your business or your staff. Although, if a Management System is designed to fit into the existing operations of the business, and with input from the expected staff who will be using the system, then you will start seeing improvement.

Depending on the type of Management System and what standards it is designed to comply with, you can expect the following improvements:

  • Less instances of the organisation quoting/tendering for a project/client that they cannot actually provide the product or service for
  • Better responses to customer complaints
  • A mechanism for identifying issues and then systematically fixing them and preventing them from occurring again
  • If certified, recognition from your customers for achieving certification and increased confidence from prospective customers

These are some of the benefits of a Management System although there are many more that an organisation can achieve if it adopts the system into its core operations.

What is Third Party Certification and who does it?

Third Party Certification is the process of having your Management System audited by an independent third party. This type of auditing is typically used by Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) who are regulated by a government organisation known as JAS-ANZ. These CABs can issue registered certificates of compliance to various standards such as ISO 9001, AS 4801, and ISO 14001.

Are there any hidden costs?

Unlike many competitors who operate by a time and materials model, we operate by a fixed-fee model. We provide clients with proposals that outline the methodology for the project, the deliverables, and the total cost.

Is the initial consultation obligation free?

Yes, the initial consultation meeting with you to gauge what certification would be suitable for the business and also get an understanding of how the business works is free so that we can provide an accurate proposal.

Executive Team

Matthew Allport
Matthew Allport
Director
Jason O’Grady
Jason O’Grady
General Manager

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