随着世界经济的全球化，尤其是中国加入世贸后，中国生产厂商与贸易商都面临着新的问题，如要符合国际劳工组织(ILO)有关健康安全标准。维护劳工的安全与预防疾病已经成为雇主在法律和道义上的责任；而且，现代社会同样也要求增进员工健康，为其提供一个舒适的工作环境。With the globalization of world economy, especially with China's entry into WTO, Chinese manufacturers and traders are confronted with new issues, including compliance with health and safety standards presented by the International Labor Organization (ILO). Labor safety and disease prevention are regarded as the legal and moral obligation of the employer. Additionally, a modern society also promotes the health of employees in the workplace and a comfortable working environment.
职业健康管理体系公认为一个有效的工具能够集中公司力量，降低工作危险通过技术改进其体系弱点。正如其他管理体系，职业健康管理体系也可以提高业务水平。职业健康管理体系的宗旨同样也反应了国际劳工组织‘职业健康管理体系指南'的发展。Management systems for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S MS) have proved to be an effective tool to organize and focus a company's efforts for minimizing work-related hazards where technical improvements and legal surveillance find their limitations. Like other systematic approaches to management, they have contributed to improved business performance. The virtues of OH&S MS are also underlined and reflected by the development of the ILO “Guidelines on occupational safety and health management systems”.
目前，职业健康管理体系一般是以区域性国际标准或各国当地标准出现，如OHSAS18001或GB/T28001，OHSAS18001是由BSI、DNV等13个全球主要标准制定机构、认证机构与专业组织于199年共同研究制定而成，2001年中国质监总局根据OHSAS18001标准制定中国国标GB/T28001。OHSAS18001与ISO14001同时发展，帮助行业将环境影响与职业风险纳入管理体系范畴，防止对自然及员工的损害。The requirements for OH&S management systems are defined in international or local standards such as OHSAS 18001 or GB/T 28001. OHSAS18001was developed in the UK by 13 certification bodies and National Standards Bodies in 1999,and China Government issued GB/T28001 refer to OHsas18001,OHSAS 18001 was developed in line with ISO 14001 to help industries take environmental impacts and occupational risks into the whole scope of their management system to prevent damage to nature and the employees themselves.
• 由于更好地控制工作环境危险因素，减少事故的发生及生产中断Fewer accidents and fewer interruptions of production flow through better control of workplace related hazards.
• 减少职业病，提供更好的工作条件。对员工需求的关注可以提高工作队伍的稳定性，员工的积极性及生产力Reduced likelihood of occupational disease and better working conditions. Consideration of employee needs creates a stable, motivated and highly productive workforce.
• 以最少的行政手段来确保符合法规要求Ensured legal compliance with minimum of administrative effort.
• 帮助公司发展，减少事故及紧急事件带来的损失Support of sustainable company development by reducing costs caused by accidents and emergencies.
• 提高公司形象，增强国际竞争力Improved company image that boosts international competitiveness.