OHSAS 18001

Program Presentation

Current laws consider that management or the process that involves the definition and implementation of activities in planning, organizing and control of health and safety must be integrated into a set of actions and decisions made by the company.

Therefore, companies must implement a prevention policy that defines objectives, plans, and preventive actions, as well as establishing clear channels of communication in both directions. Policy must also outline a decision-making process that is responsible for the key elements of the management system.

Policy compliance should be measured specifically through audits in order to observe real events, as well as to conduct an analysis of the results to verify whether there are less accidents and if the risks are being controlled.

In this respect, the OHSAS 18001 Program becomes an excellent tool to determine the key steps in the active management of prevention, such as hazard identification, assessment and control of risks. It is also useful for adopting measures to ensure the incorporation of policies and procedures, training, participation, and most importantly, a true commitment to eliminate or reduce risks.

The distance education program presented here responds to the new demands for this area, providing criteria, rigor and, above all, common sense, when it comes to education in the workplace for health and safety policies.

Who is the programme for?

The proposed methodology and a clear and diverse curriculum makes the OHSAS 18001 program designed for prevention technicians who need to implement an occupational hazard prevention management system in a business.

Diploma

Diplomas will be issued by the university where the student is enrolled with the sponsorship of the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER).

Program Structure

The estimated length of the OHSAS 18001 program is 100 hours (10 credits)1.

Regarding the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • Being a distance program and not subject to classroom attendance, a concrete start date is not set, so students may enroll at any time, provided there are spaces available.
  • For academic reasons the program has a minimum duration of one month.
  • The maximum amount of time to complete this program is three months. In this time, the student must have turned in all the corresponding assignments.

The credit structure of the OHSAS 18001 program is shown in the following table:

  CREDITS ECTSa LENGTHb HOURS
Subjects 10 3 100
TOTAL 10 3 100

a. The number of credits may vary according to the university granting the degree
b. Length in months

Objectives

General objective:

  • To train competent professionals to carry out the design, implementation and maintenance of a Prevention Management System based on the OHSAS 18001 standards that enable the creation and maintenance of a preventive culture that prevents workplace accidents and occupational diseases.

Specific objectives:

  • To become familiar with the demands of occupational hazards prevention management and integration with other management systems in business.
  • To s the foreseeable integration of an OHSAS18001 management system with the ISO9001 quality management and the ISO14001 environmental management.
  • To learn how to write a preventive policy and to become familiar with the administrative responsibilities.
  • To plan preventive activity as a basic, critical element in any prevention management system and area of occupational hazards.
  • To differentiate among the various types of plans that can be developed, selecting those that best adapt to different types of organization.
  • To learn the importance of verifying preventive actions that exist in the business.
  • To learn the basic concepts of Prevention Auditing: requirements, types and steps to follow.
  • To learn to lay the groundwork for the implementation of the OHSAS 18001 standard in business.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of the OHSAS 18001 program are:

  • Independent occupational hazard prevention consultant.
  • Organizational Advisor in Prevention.
  • Auditing entities.
  • Training technician.

Study Plan

The OHSAS 18001 program is composed of two subjects that allow students to gain knowledge and comprehension of, first, the theoretical, conceptual and historical principles in prevention management and, second, their organizational, social and technological implementation.

The objective is to ensure that students acquire a global view of the implementation of a prevention management system within business activities through the different multidisciplinary themes related to the field.

  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Fundamentals of the prevention of occupational hazards 20
2 OHSAS 18001 and Auditing 80
  TOTAL 100

These classes, although independent from each other, are structured according to a coherent pedagogical sequence. Classes are divided in thematic units or chapters, the contents of which must be studied in order to correctly answer the tests.

Management

  • Dr. Eduardo Garcia Villena. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communications from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Academic Director for the Environment Area at the Ibero-american University Foundation.
  • Dr. José Ulises Rodríguez Barboza. Doctor in Project Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. Professor at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences. Professor at the Ibero-american International University, FUNIBER.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dra. José María Redondo Vega. Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Leon.
  • Dra. Cristina Hidalgo González. Doctor in Quality Control. Business Administration from the University of Leon. Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Leon.
  • Dr. Víctor Jiménez. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communications from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Professor at the Ibero-american International University.
  • Dra. Izel Marez. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communications from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Professor at the Ibero-american International University.
  • Dr. José Ulises Rodríguez Barboza. Doctor in Project Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. Professor at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences. FUNIBER professor.
  • Dra. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Civil Industrial Engineer Head of Projects at the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Chile.
  • Dra (c). Lina Pulgarín Osorio. Doctorate in Projects from the Iberaoamerican International University (in process). Master in Integrated Management: Prevention, Environment and Quality from the Polytechnic University in Catalonia. Program Coordinator and FUNIBER professor.
  • Dra (c). Carmen Lilí Rodríguez Velasco. Doctorate in Education from the Ibero-american International University (in process). Master in Occupational and Organizational Psychology from the University of Havana, Cuba. Academic Coordinator of the International Management Development Area, Business Organization and Human Resources and FUNIBER professor.
  • Dr (c). Diego J. Kurtz. Doctorate in Engineering and Knowledge Management from the PPGEGC – UFSC (in process). Master in International Business – Weisbaden Business School, Germany. Researcher in the Core Management for Sustainability (www.ngs.ufsc.br) and Junior Researcher of the Dynamic SME Project (www.dynamic-sme.org). Program Coordinator and FUNIBER professor.
  • Dra (c). Diana Patricia Cortés Díaz. Doctorate in Projects from the Ibero-american International University (in process). Master in Human Resources and Knowledge Management from the University of Leon, Spain. Consultant specializing in Labor Law and Social Security. Program Coordinator and FUNIBER professor.
  • Ms. María Eugenia Luna Borgaro. Master in Human Resources and Knowledge Management from the University of Leon, Spain. Expert on Human Resource Management and Management Skills. FUNIBER professor.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically delivers an economic baseline with extraordinary character for scholarships in FUNIBER Training.

To apply for it, you only need to send your application for a scholarship on the website’s main page with the required data, and the evaluation committee will examine the suitability of your candidature to be granted economic aid, in the form of a scholarship in FUNIBER Training.