OHSAS 18001 - (Section 4.1 - General Requirements)

4.1.1. General Requirements - Written Procedure

Is there a written procedure describing how the organisation will identify and record the boundaries of its OH&S management system?


Guidance: OHSAS 18001 allows an organisation to define the boundaries for its OH&S management system. For example, the boundary may be the whole organisation, or specific operating units, or particular activities. However, whatever boundaries are chosen, they must be identified accurately and recorded.

Verification guidance: Answer "Yes" to this question if there is a document which purports to be the organisation's procedure for identifying and recording the boundaries of its OH&S management system. The adequacy of the procedure is tested by the other questions in this section of the evaluation.


Question 1.1.1

Is continuing identification of the OH&S management system boundaries dealt with adequately in the written procedure on OH&S management system boundaries?


Guidance: Organisationsmust have some procedure in place to ensure that changes in the organization which affect the OH&S management system boundaries are identified. Such changes include, for example, acquisitions of new assets and disposals of existing assets.

Verification guidance: Answer "No" to this question if the continuing identification of the OH&S management system boundaries is not dealt with, OR the range of issues dealt with is inadequate given the nature and extent of the organisation's assets, OR one or more of the issues is dealt with inadequately, OR the description is inadequate in any other way.


Question 1.1.2

Is maintaining an up to date record of the OH&S management system boundaries dealt with adequately in the written procedure on OH&S management system boundaries?


Guidance: Organisationsmust have some procedure in place to ensure that changes in the organization which affect the OH&S management system boundaries are identified and recorded in an effective and timely manner. Such changes include, for example, acquisitions of new assets and disposals of existing assets.

Verification guidance: Answer "No" to this question if maintaining an up to date record of the OH&S management system boundaries is not dealt with in the written procedure on OH&S management system boundaries, OR the range of issues dealt with is inadequate given the nature and extent of the organisation's assets, OR one or more of the issues is dealt with inadequately, OR the description is inadequate in any other way.