BS OHSAS 18001

Definition and elements of an occupational safety management system (OSMS)

An occupational safety management system (OSMS) is an integral part of the entire management system. Taking into account hazard analyses and the resulting safety risks in all activities of a company, the aim is to continuously reduce accidents at work. The AMS regulates the organisational structure, responsibilities, behaviour, procedures and means for defining and implementing the security policy.

Requirements for an occupational safety management system (OSMS)

  1. The management must adopt safety guidelines with the requirement of continuous improvement.
  2. the identification and assessment of hazards and their effects and causes
  3. to represent and minimise the resulting hazards at the workplaces and at the means of production
  4. the adoption of objectives and security programmes
  5. the obligation to comply with occupational safety laws
  6. the definition of a structure, a system and the necessary means to achieve the defined objectives
  7. if necessary, publication of the safety performance achieved (accident statistics)
  8. Regular safety audits and hazard analyses to assess the impact of the OSMS

Benefits of an occupational safety management system (OSMS)

  1. legal certainty
  2. Minimise accidents at work and make them calculable through emergency and precautionary measures
  3. Motivation of employees
  4. better cooperation with trade associations and labour inspectorates
  5. Fulfilment of customer requirements (e.g. mineral oil industry)
  6. Reduction of insurance premiums (BG premiums) and minimization of downtimes
  7. Basis for a risk management system

Certification and declarations of conformity of an occupational safety management system (OSMS)

The certification of an occupational safety management system is carried out according to the standards:

  • according to SCC (Safety Certificate Contractors, valid worldwide)
  • according to BS OHSAS 18001 (ISO 45001 is expected in summer 2018)
  • according to OHRIS (Occupational Health and Risk Management System, Bavaria)
  • according to ASCA (ArbeitsSicherheitsCheck in plants, validity area Hessen)

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