OHSAS 18001 - (Section 4.1 - General Requirements)

4.1.2. General Requirements - Implementation

Question 1.2.1

Has the organisation accurately identified, and recorded, 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 "No" to this question if there is no written record of the boundaries of the OH&S management system, OR the definition of the boundaries is unclear, OR the written record is inadequate in any other way.


Question 1.2.2

Overall operation. Has the organisation excluded from the OH&S management system any activity required for its overall operation?


Guidance: Although OHSAS 18001 allows an organisation to define the boundaries of its OH&S management system, the organisation is not allowed to exclude activities which are required for its overall operation. What constitutes such activities will be arguable and organizations should take great care to establish, and record, the rationale for exclusions. Where there is doubt, the activity should be included in the OH&S management system.

Verification guidance: Answer "Yes" to this question if there is no written record of the boundaries of the OH&S management system, OR the definition of the boundaries is unclear, OR the written record is inadequate in any other way. Where the organisation has excluded one or more activities, check the rationale for the exclusion of each activity. Answer "No" to this question only if there are no reasonable grounds for supposing that any excluded activity is required for the overall operation of the organisation.