OHSAS 18001:1999 - Occupational health and safety management systems. Specification – BSI British Standards

OHSAS 18001:1999

Occupational health and safety management systems. Specification

Status : Revised, Superseded, Withdrawn   Published : May 1999 Replaced By : BS OHSAS 18001:2007

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This Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) specification gives requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, to enable an organization to control its OH&S risks and improve its performance. It does not state specific OH&S performance criteria, nor does it give detailed specifications for the design of a management system.

OHSAS 18001:1999 is applicable to any organization that wishes to:

  • establish an OH&S management system to eliminate or minimize risk to employees and other interested parties who may be exposed to OH&S risks associated with its activities
  • implement, maintain and continually improve an OH&S management system
  • assure itself of its conformance with its stated OH&S policy
  • demonstrate such conformance to others
  • seek certification/registration of its OH&S management system by an external organization
  • make a self-determination and declaration of conformance with this OHSAS specification.

All the requirements in this OHSAS specification are intended to be incorporated into any OH&S management system. The extent of the application will depend on such factors as the OH&S policy of the organization, the nature of its activities and the risks and complexity of its operations.

This OHSAS specification is intended to address occupational health and safety rather than product and services safety.


1 Scope
2 Reference publications
3 Terms and definitions
4 OH&S management system elements
Annex A (informative) Correspondence between OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001:1996, ISO 9001:1994 and ISO 9001:2000
Annex B (informative) Corrspondence between OHSAS 18001, OHSAS 18002, and the ILO-OSH:2001 Guidelines on occupational safety and health management systems

Standard NumberOHSAS 18001:1999
TitleOccupational health and safety management systems. Specification
StatusRevised, Superseded, Withdrawn
Publication Date15 May 1999
Withdrawn Date31 July 2007
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)No other standards are informatively referenced
Replaced ByBS OHSAS 18001:2007
Amended ByAMD 14223
DescriptorsOccupational safety, Health and safety management, Safety measures, Health and safety requirements, Environment (working), Environmental health, Management operations, Management, Management techniques, Planning, Policy formation, Policy, Accident prevention, Performance, Conditions of employment, Job specification, Equipment safety, Personnel, Personnel management, First aid, Dangerous materials, Industrial, Technical documents, Training, Group communication, Hazards, Systems analysis, Quality assurance, Quality auditing Health and Safety
Title in FrenchSystemes de gestion de sante et securite professionnelles. Specification
Title in GermanArbeitsschutzmanagementsysteme. Spezifikation
ISBN0 580 28298 8
File Size414.7 KB

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