Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OH-SMS) Scheme

Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OH-SMS) Scheme

The Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OH-SMS) scheme establishes consistent requirements for certifying that an organisation effectively manages its OH&S risks, and meets organizational OH&S objectives and relevant legal requirements.

The scheme is based on the Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard ISO 45001:2018.

The stated benefits of ISO 45001:2018 is a robust and effective set of processes for improving work safety in global supply chains, and is applicable for organizations of all sizes, from all industries and jurisdictions of operation. An ultimate expectation of the standard is to help reduce workplace injuries and illnesses around the world.

ISO 45001 is aligned with other management systems standards such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001, allowing organisations to easily integrate systems.

As a management systems scheme, applicant bodies will need to comply with ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 – Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems. In addition, bodies must also apply the competence requirements in ISO/IEC 17021-10 – ‘Conformity assessment -- Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems -- Part 10: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of occupational health and safety management systems.’

Benefits

  • Can enable organizations to provide safe and healthy workplaces, prevent work-related injury and ill health by managing OH&S risks, and continually improve their OH&S performance.
  • Can assist top management to better understand the organization’s operating context, and thus fulfil legal requirements and other requirements.
  • May assist identifying OH&S risks and opportunities for organizational planning, performance evaluation, and thereby better meet overall business objectives.
  • Assures staff, customers and other external stakeholders that the certified organization implements a management system that notifies regulatory authorities, without delay, the occurrence of serious OH&S incidents or breaches across all sites of its operation.
  • Accredited OH&SMS certification demonstrates that an independent third-party has evaluated and confirmed that the organisation has a demonstrably effective OH&SMS to ensure the fulfilment of its policy commitments including legal compliance.

Scheme owners

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO 45001).