Q & A: What is the OHSAS 18000 Accreditation?

Q & A: What is the OHSAS 18000 Accreditation?

Barrett Pryce

Barrett Pryce

Marketing Manager

Barrett Pryce is the Marketing Manager with Vivid Learning Systems, an online safety training provider making life a little easier for safety professionals.

Question: “I have big expectations for our safety program I want to get us the ohsas 18000/18001 accreditation how should I begin?”

Answer: First, I love your commitment to occupational health and safety performance.

OHSAS 18000 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification. It’s also somewhat of a mystery.

Here’s what the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) had to say about OHSAS 18000.

In response, I have several questions for you: how did you find OHSAS? Why do you think it is important? What is it supposed to do for your organization/facility?

I ask these questions because we’re talking about the concept of international standards, and there’s not a lot of information available about the benefits of adopting OHSAS 18000 or any formal accreditation process; in fact, there isn’t a process.

More importantly, you do not need the OHSAS to develop an occupational health and safety management system that works well for your organization.

A better place to start? OSHA Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines

That document offers successful approaches and best practices derived from the OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Programs (SHARP).

“The guidelines are also consistent with many national and international consensus standards.

For now, here’s your playbook for establishing a solid safety program: Understanding Safety Leadership for CEOs & Management Teams