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Module 2: Seeking Certification of a Safety and Health Management System

Seeking certification of a safety and health management system (SHMS) can benefit a business by assuring its employees, potential customers, business partners, and government agencies that the SHMS meets the stringent safety and health standards of a particular well-recognized model.

This Module assists businesses, wishing to take their SHMS to the next level, to select the best SHMS model for their organization and conform to its requirements. Because the certification process varies with the unique needs and characteristics of each company, this Module offers guidance and tools to businesses as they go through this process.

The SHMS models addressed in this Module include:

  • OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Specification OHSAS 18001:2007
  • ANSI Z10:2005 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
  • ILO-OSH 2001 Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems.

This Module consists of two lessons and a Final Test. After successfully passing the Final Test and completing the Module Evaluation, you may earn a certificate of completion for Module 2. Click on the tabs below to see overviews of each lesson.


Lesson Overviews

  • Lesson 1
  • Lesson 2
  1. Four SHMS Models
  2. In this Lesson, you will learn about four of the most widely recognized occupational safety and health management system models: (1) OSHA VPP; (2) OHSAS 18001:2007; (3) ANSI Z10:2005; and (4) ILO-OSH 2001 Guidelines. You will learn the history behind their development, their
    general requirements, the process for seeking certification, and the benefits of conforming to
    each model so that you may select the one that is most appropriate for your organization.

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  1. SHMS Implementation Guidance
  2. This Lesson provides more detailed guidance on selecting the SHMS that is most appropriate for your organization. It also gives you tools to assist with the implementation of your SHMS. These tools familiarize you with each model's conformance requirements and help you identify milestones so that you can measure your progress toward full implementation.

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