The following material presents a brief
Occupational Health and Safety
Management System Development Plan.
It summarizes the general approach
you would take to develop your own
Occupational Health and
Management System (OHSMS). It uses a
PDCA approach and is taken directly
OHSAS 18001 2007 Translated into Plain English. If you
standard to develop your organizationís OHSMS, you will
take the following steps:
- Define the scope of your OHSMS.
- Define your organizationís
- Develop a methodology to
identify hazards and
- Establish procedures to identify hazards and assess
- Identify your organizationís hazards and assess your
- Establish procedures to evaluate and select OH&S
- Evaluate the adequacy of your existing OH&S
- Select OH&S controls that reduce your OH&S risks.
- Document the results of your control selection
- Identify relevant legal and nonlegal OH&S
- Respect all relevant legal and nonlegal OH&S
- Establish unique
OH&S objectives for your
- Establish programs to achieve your OH&S objectives.
- Appoint a member of top management to manage OH&S.
- Ensure the competence of those who influence OH&S.
- Identify your OH&S training and awareness needs.
- Establish OH&S training and awareness procedures.
- Implement OH&S training and awareness procedures.
- Establish procedures to manage OH&S communications.
- Establish procedures to manage OH&S participation.
- Document your organizationís unique OHSMS.
- Control your organizationís OH&S documents and
- Implement controls to manage OH&S
- Establish an OH&S emergency management process.
- Monitor and measure your organizationís
- Record the results of your OH&S monitoring and
- Evaluate compliance with legal and nonlegal
- Record the results of your OH&S compliance
- Establish procedures to investigate OH&S
- Establish nonconformity management procedures.
- Perform regular internal audits of your OHSMS.
- Review your OHSMS at planned intervals.
- Update and improve your OHSMS.
course, you may already have an existing
this is true, you donít
need to follow a detailed OHSMS development plan. You
find it easier and more efficient to use a
gap analysis approach, instead.
A gap analysis would compare your existing OHSMS
with the OHSAS
18001 requirements. Such a comparison would pinpoint the areas
fall short of the standard (the gaps). By focusing on filling your unique
occupational health and safety gaps, you will soon comply with the
OHSAS 18001 standard.
If you already have an existing OHSMS , a gap analysis
targeted and efficient. It is more targeted and efficient because
takes an incremental approach and
ignores areas that already
comply with the standard.