BS 8800:2004

BS 8800:2004

Occupational health and safety management systems. Guide

Status : Superseded, Withdrawn   Published : July 2004 Replaced By : BS 18004:2008

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Written with the help of industry, safety practitioners and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), this British Standard will help organizations develop a framework for managing OH&S so employees and others, whose health and safety might be affected by the organization’s activities, are adequately protected.

BS 8800:2004 will:

  • minimize risk to employees and others by developing good working practices to prevent accidents and work-related ill health
  • improve business performance and assist organizations to establish a responsible image within the market place
  • assist organizations in continually improving their performance beyond legal compliance
  • help organizations to achieve compliance with its OH&S policies and objectives.

BS 8800 has been updated to take account of recent legislative changes, new Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and HSE initiatives, and to give guidance on key areas such as risk assessment and risk management. The newly revised standard now contains twice as much information as the previous edition.

The revision of this British Standard also reflects national and international OH&S issues which have arisen since publication of BS 8800:1996. These include the publication of OHSAS 18001 and OHSAS 18002, and the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH 2001- Guidelines on occupational safety and health management systems.

This guide is intended for use by organizations of all sizes and regardless of the nature of their activities.

The standard contains new annexes giving guidance on:

  • promoting an effective OH&S management system
  • hazardous event investigation.

The standard contains improved annexes giving guidance on:

  • risk assessment and control
  • integration with other management systems.

The guidelines in BS 8800:2004 are based on general principles of good management and are designed to enable the integration of OH&S management within an overall management system.


1 Scope
2 Terms and definitions
3 OH&S management system elements
Annex A (informative) Comparison with other management system standards
Annex B (normative) Guidance on organizing
Annex C (normative) Promoting an effective OH&S management system
Annex D (normative) Guidance on planning and implementing
Annex E (normative) Guidance on risk assessment and control
Annex F (normative) Measuring performance and audit
Annex G (normative) Hazardous event investigation

Standard NumberBS 8800:2004
TitleOccupational health and safety management systems. Guide
StatusSuperseded, Withdrawn
Publication Date22 July 2004
Withdrawn Date30 November 2008
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS EN ISO 9001:1994, BS EN ISO 14001:2005, OHSAS 18001:1999, OHSAS 18002:2000, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, 1999, BS 7850-1:1992, BS 7850-2:1994, ILO-OSH 2001
Replaced ByBS 18004:2008
ReplacesBS 8800:1996
Draft Superseded By03/116777 DC
DescriptorsOccupational safety, Environmental health, Health and safety requirements, Safety measures, Planning, Management techniques, Management, Performance, Accident prevention, Systems analysis, Policy, Job specification, Personnel management, Conditions of employment, Technical documents, Group communication, Training
Title in FrenchGuide des systemes de gestion de sante et securite occupationnelle
Title in GermanLeitfaden zur Errichtung von Arbeitsschutzmanagementsystemen
ISBN0 580 43987 9
File Size1.371 MB

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