OHSAS 18001 - (Section 4.2 - OH&S Policy)

4.2.2. Written OH&S Policy

Is there a written OH&S Policy?


Guidance: OHSAS 18001 requires that an organisation has a written OH&S Policy which establishes an overall sense of direction for the organisation. The written Policy must meet certain criteria in order to satisfy the OHSAS 18001 requirements and these criteria are set out in the questions in the remainder of this section of the evaluation.

Verification guidance: Answer "Yes" to this question if there is a document which purports to be the organisation's OH&S Policy. The adequacy of the Policy is tested by the other questions in this section of the evaluation.


Question 2.2.1

Does the OH&S Policy clearly state the organisation's overall OH&S objectives?


Guidance: The objectives set out in the OH&S Policy need only be general statements of overall objectives, or broad areas for action. More detailed OH&S objectives are required but these are dealt with in section 3.3.

Verification guidance: Answer "No" to this question if the OH&S Policy does not include a description of the organisation's overall OH&S objectives, OR the objectives as recorded are inadequate in any way.


Question 2.2.2

Does the OH&S Policy contain a commitment to improving OH&S performance?


Guidance: The organisation could commit itself to reducing the risk of accidents, illness and incidents in the workplace. However, other measures of OH&S performance could be used.

Verification guidance: Answer "No" to this question if the OH&S Policy does not include a commitment to improving

OH&Sperformance, OR the statement of commitment as recorded is inadequate in any way.