Are you certified to ISO 9001? You’re only a step away from further certifications!

Have you already completed all of your certification for ISO 9001? If you have then you are already 60% closer to obtaining your certification for both ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. That is correct you have already completed 60% of the required work, so there is relatively little more work to do to acquire both management system standards for your company.  

ISO 9001Because they are all management system standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 have many very similar conditions that are the same across the board.

As a company, you may prefer to manage the common requirements of your different management systems by using the same processes, procedures and tools. Table 1 below will be very helpful in showing you all the common elements that all three of these management systems have in common. The requirements of both ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 have a great capacity to be based on the processes that already exist for your ISO 9001 Quality Management System


Table 1:

ISO 9001:2000 ISO 14001:2004 OHSAS 18001:2007
General Requirements 4.1 4.1 4.1
Policy 5.3 4.2 4.2
Objectives, Targets and Programs 5.4.1, 5.4.2 4.3.3 4.3.3
Resources, Roles, Responsibility, (Accountability) and Authority 5.5.1, 5.5.2, 6.1 4.4.1 4.4.1
Competence, Training and Awareness 6.2.1, 6.2.2 4.4.2 4.4.2
Documentation 4.2.1, 4.2.2 4.4.4 4.4.4
Control of Documents 4.2.3 4.4.5 4.4.5
Nonconformity, Corrective Action and Preventative Action 8.5.2, 8.5.3


Control of Records 4.2.4 4.5.4 4.5.3
Internal Audit 8.2.2 4.5.5 4.5.5
Management Review 5.6 4.6 4.6


Table 2 clearly illustrates the elements that are not common across the three management systems and would require working on if you want to obtain ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 management system standards certification for your company.

Table 2:

ISO 9001:2000 ISO 14001:2004 OHSAS 18001:2007
Environmental Aspects 4.3.1
Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Determining Controls  

Legal and other Requirements 4.3.2 4.3.2
Communication 5.5.3 4.4.3
Participation and consultation
Operational Control 4.4.6 4.4.6
Emergency Preparedness and Response 4.4.7 4.4.7
Monitoring and Measurement 7.6, 8.2.3, 8.2.4 4.5.1 4.5.1
Evaluation of Compliance 4.5.2 4.5.2
Incident Investigation



There are a number of companies, particularly those who have an established system that has been in place for a number of years, who choose to combine their EMS, QMS or OHSMS in order to build a cohesive “business management system”.

This approach has several benefits including:

  • Resources are used in a more efficient way
  • Internal sharing of best practises
  • Lowering / removing redundancies within the system
  • Common practises lead to fewer misunderstandings and an improved understanding
  • Cheaper audits


How can we help you?

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If you’re in need of assistance with any aspect of certification here at Synergos we’d be delighted to help. Whether you have questions about the path to certification or are looking for advise and support to maintain an existing standard call 01484 817 444 or Email and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.

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Jenny Kilburn
Jenny Kilburn
Completed my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2012 I was looking to start my own business. With over 10 years improving and streamlining business systems, I grasped an opportunity to assist a local business to improve their quality and communication processes by researching the requirements of a quality management system based upon ISO 9001 and conducted my first internal audit that resulted in 97 improvement recommendations. After a successful outcome, I was recommended again and again with glowing reviews and in February 2014, Synergos Consultancy was born. I now have the role of regularly reviewing and planning the strategic direction of the business to ensure that Synergos continues to develop, whilst at the same time, still actively working closely with some of our clients. In my spare time I love to attend the theatre to watch musicals, dance productions and plays. In 2019, I attended the theatre a whopping 24 times. I follow a plant-based diet which I absolutely love. A keen tick-tock follower, I have picked up a lot of interesting recipes. A firm favourite is Brussel sprouts and sriracha sauce baked in the oven. Delicious!
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