OHSAS 18001 is an internationally recognised standard which details the minimum requirements of an effective occupational health and safety management system. It is used by many organisations, large and small, to help create and maintain appropriate arrangements in support of sound health and safety management. It is used by many Higher Education institutions, both in the UK and overseas, and can be externally verified by approved auditing bodies in order to provide assurance to Senior Officers and Heads of Departments.
The benefits of OHSAS 18001 include:
- Reduced incident and accident rates
- Improved performance monitoring and accident reporting
- Better control of OH&S risks
- Decrease in overall costs of accidents
- Improved levels of compliance to health and safety legislation
- Reduced likelihood of fines and prosecutions
- Improved reputation and stakeholder satisfaction
- Reduced absenteeism and improved employee morale
- Greater involvement and commitment, resulting in improved health and safety culture
- Improved communication and training
The University continues to develop its management system in line with OHSAS 18001 and several key departments will be audited over a 3 year cycle by the British Standards Institute. This cycle started in the summer of 2018. Where non conformities (NC's) are identified, departments will need to provide evidence of remedial action taken to address the shortfalls in readiness for the next audit date. Dates will be circulated to the Schools and Departments involved in advance.
For further guidance on the requirements of OHSAS 18001 please see the links to the right of this page or contact Health and Safety Services using the links below.
NOTE: In March 2018 ISO 45001, the successor to OHSAS 18001, was agreed and published. It is the University's intention to continue with assessment against OHSAS 18001 in the near future before migrating to ISO 45001 assessment by March 2021.