OHSAS 18001 and QS 9000
BS OHSAS 18001 sets out the minimum requirements for occupational health and safety management best practice. Work with us to bring work health and safety (h&s) into your business and you can achieve the maximum return for your employees, your operations and your customers.
BS OHSAS 18001 is a framework for an occupational health and safety (ohs) management system and is a part of the OHSAS 18000 (sometimes incorrectly identified as ISO 18000) series of standards, along with OHSAS 18002. It can help you put in place the policies, procedures and controls needed for your organization to achieve the best possible working conditions and workplace health and safety, aligned to internationally recognized best practice.
QS9000 was a quality standard developed by a joint effort of the “Big Three” American automakers, General Motors, Chrysler and Ford. It was introduced to the industry in 1994. It has been adopted by several heavy truck manufacturers in the U.S. as well. Essentially all suppliers to the US automakers needed to implement a standard QS9000 system, before its termination.
The standard is divided into three sections with the first section being ISO 9001 plus some automotive requirements.
The second section is titled “Additional Requirements” and contains system requirements that have been adopted by all three automakers – General Motors, Chrysler and Ford.
The third section is titled the “Customer Specific Section” which contains system requirements that are unique to each automotive or truck manufacturer.
On December 14, 2006, all QS9000 certifications were terminated. With QS9000, the middle certification between ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949, no longer valid, businesses had a choice between either ISO9001 or TS16949. QS9000 is considered superseded by ISO/TS 16949, now a standard published by IATF, thus renamed IATF 16949:2016 (current version).