Compatibility of OHSAS 18001

OHSAS 18001 has been developed to be compatible with the ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental) management systems standards. It is its hope that any organization that implements OHSAS 18001 can easily integrate it with other quality, environmental or Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Systems.


The OHSAS 18001 Specification follows the Plan-Do-Check-Review cycle, with a concurrent emphasis on continual improvement. This model aligns well with the structure of other management system documents such as ISO 14001, thus aiding the progress of integrated management systems.


OHSAS 18001 has established itself as the ‘international certification standard’ for OH&S management systems. In today’s work environment, implementing OHSAS 18001 in a service organization is as relevant as applying it in a mining, automotive or the construction industry.


The Elements of OHSAS 18001 Include:

  • Policy and commitment
  • Hazard identification, risk assessment & risk controls
  • Legal requirements
  • Objectives and Programs
  • Organization and personnel
  • Training, Communication and Consultation
  • Documentation and records
  • Operational Controls
  • Emergency Readiness
  • Measurement and monitoring
  • Accident and incident investigation, corrective and preventive action
  • Audit and Review
  • Application and Relevance in the Industry