What is OHSAS 18001?
The Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001:2007 is an international standard for occupational health and safety management systems. It ensures that a framework is in place to proactively identify and address health and safety risks in the workplace, helping promote a safe working environment and reduce the possibility of work-related incidents.
(OHSAS 18001 is being replaced by ISO 45001 but it will stay valid as an international standard until March 2021. For more information on implementing ISO 45001, click here.)
What is an OHSAS 18001 Audit Checklist?
An OHSAS 18001 audit checklist is a tool used by safety officers to confirm if an organization’s existing occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system is aligned with the OHSAS 18001 standard. It is used to assess the organization’s readiness for third-party certification.
This article briefly discusses (1) the highlights of an OHSAS audit checklist; (2) technology to help reinforce workplace safety; and (3) free OHSAS audit checklists.
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Highlights of an OHSAS 18001 Audit Checklist
Derived from the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard’s OH&S management system requirements, an OHSAS audit checklist is used to confirm the following main points:
• Planning of OH&S
The OHSAS audit checklist aims to confirm if the organization conducted hazard identification and risk assessment to determine safety controls to be implemented in the workplace. It also seeks to confirm if the OH&S management system’s scope is defined and in accordance with the standard.
• Implementation of OH&S
The checklist intends to confirm if the organization’s top management is responsible for the implementation of OH&S and if the organization is conducting and documenting monitoring procedures such as internal audits to measure the effectiveness of OH&S.
• Continuous improvement of OH&S
The OHSAS checklist aims to confirm if top management is reviewing the results of the internal audits to discover areas for improvement to work on as part of the continuous improvement of OH&S.
Technology for Reinforcing Workplace Safety
An organization needs to provide proof that the OH&S being implemented is indeed effective in maintaining workplace safety and that it is aligned with OHSAS 18001. Maintaining an effective and documented OH&S management system that aligns with the OHSAS 18001 standard, however, can be challenging if the organization is dependent on paper-based documentation. Overcome the challenges of OH&S recordkeeping and maintenance with iAuditor, the world’s most powerful inspection app. With the iAuditor mobile app and software, safety officers and top management can:
- ✔ Create mobile-ready checklists and conduct internal workplace safety and OHSAS audits.
- ✔ Empower teams to proactively conduct monitoring procedures and hazard analysis using a smartphone or tablet.
- ✔ Attach photos and annotations to inspections within the app.
- ✔ Save time by generating comprehensive reports as safety officers finish audits.
- ✔ Automatically secure all reports online. Preview a sample web and PDF report.
- ✔ Utilize iAuditor’s Analytics to watch out for trends on safety issues and help measure OH&S success rates.
- ✔ Use for free with small teams. Analytics, unlimited reports, and unlimited storage for premium accounts.
- ✔ With these features, iAuditor can also help your organization transition from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001 anytime.
OHSAS 18001 Digital Audit Checklists
An OHSAS 18001 audit checklist is a tool used by safety officers and top management to confirm if the organization’s OH&S management system complies with the OHSAS 18001 standard. Use this checklist to assess your organization’s readiness for third-party certification. With this OHSAS audit checklist on the iAuditor mobile app, you can:
- 1. Proactively catch workplace risks and immediately address urgent issues.
- 2. Take photos and describe non-compliance found.
- 3. Highlight areas for improvement and include recommendations on the audit report.
4. Automatically secure audit reports in the cloud.
5. Monitor safety trends and determine readiness for third-party certification.
This risk assessment template is used before commencement of a new work process or using a new equipment in the workplace. Use the risk matrix and hierarchy of controls as reference and provide the risk rating. Take photos of any hazards found and identify the control measures.
Use this hazard identification template to assess potential risks (e.g noise, manual handling, excavation, etc.) found within the work premises. Describe the nature of work, identify the protective equipment available, and proceed with identifying the hazards present.
This ISO 45001 readiness checklist can help safety officers identify areas for improvement in implementing an OH&S that is compliant with the ISO 45001 standard. Read more about implementing ISO 45001.
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