OHSAS 18001 Step by Step: A Practical Guide

OHSAS 18001 Step by Step: A Practical Guide
  • Explains how occupational health and safety (OH&S) objectives can be determined and established, enabling readers to apportion responsibility and accountability as appropriate.
  • Shows how to establish an OH&S policy, enabling readers to set up such a system in their own organisation.
  • Buy this guide today and learn how to set up an effective health and safety management system based on OHSAS18001.
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An essential guide to OHSAS 18001 using real-world scenarios

In this introduction to OHSAS 18001, Sadiq takes the complex, and often impenetrable, concepts that surround health and safety and presents them with absolute precision and clarity. Using a wide variety of fictional ‘real world’ scenarios, the author discusses the hazards that might be present in a workplace, how to assess risk, how to manage OHSAS 18001 implementation and how to communicate its implementation through all levels of management.

A sound understanding of OHSAS 18001

OHSAS 18001: Step by Step gives the reader a sound understanding of OHSAS 18001, and can also be used as a step-by-step instruction manual for anyone tasked with implementing operational health and safety standards in the workplace.

This pocket guide provides:

  • A comprehensive explanation of OHSAS 18001 and its implications.
  • An understanding of how OHSAS 18001 can be implemented through the PDCI (Plan-Do-Check-Improve) management principle.
  • An understanding of the law; the legislative and contractual OH&S requirements to which an organisation subscribes.
  • An explanation of how OH&S objectives can be determined and established, and how to apportion responsibility and accountability throughout the organisation.
  • Clear understanding of OH&S accountability and the need for diligent record-keeping.
  • Guidance for setting up a training, competence and awareness regime.
  • Understanding of how OHSAS 18001 protects not just colleagues, but also customers and contractors who enter your workplace.
  • Expert guidance on how to deal with emergencies.


  1. What is OHSAS 18001?
  2. OH&S Management System General Requirements (Clause 4.1)
  3. Occupational Health and Safety Policy (Clause 4.2)
  4. Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Determination of Controls (Clause 4.3.1)
  5. Legal and Other Requirements (Clause 4.3.2)
  6. Objectives and Programme(s) (Clause 4.3.3)
  7. Resources, Roles, Responsibility, Accountability and Authority (Clause 4.4.1)
  8. Competence, Training and Awareness (Clause 4.4.2)
  9. Communication, Participation and Consultation (Clause 4.4.3)
  10. Documentation and Control of Documents (Clause 4.4.4 and 4.4.5)
  11. Operational Controls (Clause 4.4.6)
  12. Emergency Preparedness and Response (Clause 4.4.7)
  13. Performance Measurement, Monitoring and Evaluation of Compliance (Clause 4.5.1 and 4.5.2)
  14. Incident Investigation, Non- Conformity, Corrective and Preventive Action (Clause 4.5.3)
  15. Control of Records (Clause 4.5.4)
  16. Internal Audit (Clause 4.5.5)
  17. Management Review (Clause 4.6)
  • Appendix A: Sample Procedure for OH&S Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Determination of Controls
  • Appendix B: OH&S Hazard and Risk Register
  • Appendix C: Types of OH&S Hazards
  • Appendix D: Sample Procedure for Training Competence and Awareness
  • Appendix E: Documents Required by OHSAS 18001
  • Appendix F: Sample Procedure for Critical Pressure Equipment (CPE)
  • Appendix G: Sample Procedure for ‘Permit to Work'
  • Appendix H: Sample Procedure for Fork-lift Trucks
  • Appendix I: Sample Format for a Non- Conformity Report (NCR)
  • Appendix J: Sample Format for OH&S Record Control
  • Appendix K: Sample Input Report for OH&S Management System Review

About the author

Naeem Sadiq studied aerospace at university before taking a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering. A sought-after consultant with expertise in health and safety and environmental concerns, Sadiq has 16 years’ experience with ISO9001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO14001 standards, having provided consultancy, training and auditing support to over 100 organisations. He is the co-author of ISO14001 Step by Step: A Practical Guide.

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