ISO 45001 is finally here!

The new International Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Management System Standard ISO 45001 is due to be published on 12 March 2018.

ISO 45001:2018 will replace OHSAS 18001:2007 and AS/NZS 4801:2001.

In recent years, many of our clients have told us how frustrated they are with the outdated, prescriptive nature of the current OHS Management System Standards. Really, nobody is interested in lengthy policy and procedure manuals that sit on a shelf and gather dust.

This outdated format was highlighted even further with the introduction of the new ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental) Management System Standards in 2015.

The Great News!

The great news is that the new ISO 45001 provides a framework to support the business operations, enabling the business to embrace the intent of the Standard without being bogged down with the burden of outdated prescriptive clauses.

It follows the same high-level structure approach as the other new ISO Management System Standards, such as ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environmental) and ISO 27001 (Information Security).

In developing this new Standard, consideration has been given to the content and structure of the other international standards, which will allow for a relatively easy migration from using an existing OHS Management System Standard to using ISO 45001, and will also allow for easy alignment and integration with the requirements of the other ISO Management System Standards, into the organisation’s overall management processes.

What do you get if you implement ISO 45001 in your business?
  • OHS Policy and Objectives to establish the organisation goals and guide the direction of the organisation’s strategic planning
  • Systematic processes which consider the context of the organisation’s operations and take into account its risks and opportunities and its legal, industry and other requirements
  • Hazard and Risk identification, relating to the business activities Operational controls to manage your OHS risks
  • Increased awareness of the organisation’s OHS risks, across all areas of the business
  • Reduced downtime due to process efficiency and reduction in the cost of incidents
  • Reduced cost of insurance premiums, depending on the type of business, its industry and its risk profile
  • Reduced absenteeism and staff turnover due to clarity of processes, roles and responsibilities
  • Recognition for achieving an international benchmark when your organisation achieves certification to ISO 45001, which may influence decisions of your customers

ISO 45001 is finally here!

When can you achieve Certification?

If your business management system is already certified to OHSAS 18001 and/or AS/NZS 4801, there’ll be a three-year transition window to update your management system to the requirements of the new Standard.

For organisations who haven’t yet achieved Certification to an OHS Management System Standard, and are aiming to achieve Certification from June 2018 onwards, we recommend working to the new requirements of ISO 45001:2018.

However, if you’re looking to be re-certified for OHS, or certified for the first time, before June 2018, you’ll probably still need to be certified to the old Standard(s). The reason is that it usually takes the Conformity Assessment Bodies and the Accreditation Bodies a few months to establish their processes around Certification to a new Standard.

How we can help

We’ve been closely following the Draft ISO 45001 for a couple of years now and have already become very familiar with all the new requirements. Our Management System Experts are ready to assist your organisation achieve Certification Readiness now. Here’s what a few of our already happy customers have had to say about our work:

“They took the time to really understand our business and our processes and from there were able to expertly develop and evolve our processes and systems to meet the Standards.”

“The team at ISO Certification Experts provided us with expert guidance. From the outset we knew we were in capable hands.

Most importantly, our integrated management system to conform to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and AS/NZS 4801:2001 was developed and built specifically for our business. Erica took the time to really understand our business and our processes and from there was able to expertly develop and evolve our processes and systems to meet the Standards. Erica’s approach to what seemed to us like a daunting task was surprisingly refreshing.

Now having achieved our certifications we will certainly be continuing with the services of ISO Certification Experts to ensure we are maintaining the high operational standards that we have set for our business. We are comfortable that we partnered with the right team from day one and would highly recommend ISO Certification Experts to any business seeking to achieve certification to management standards.”

Ray Levin, Operations Manager, JDV Projects, Artarmon, NSW

“…the auditor told us it was “The Best Small Company Management System he’d seen.”

“The team at ISO Certification Experts have worked with us over the past six months to develop our Integrated Business Management System to meet the Certification Requirements of ISO9001 for Quality, AS/NZS4801 for Safety and ISO14001 for Environmental Management. The whole process has run really smoothly. We’ve found it easy to work with our new system, and are already seeing the benefits. At a recent audit conducted by Origin Energy, the auditor told us it was ’The Best Small Company Management System he’d seen’.

Helen’s industry experience and knowledge has been extremely valuable in getting our systems right for our business, and the ongoing communication and support from the ISO Certification Experts Head Office has given us the guidance we’ve needed throughout the whole process.”

Steve French, Director, PAStech, Milton, QLD

“Excellent communication, speedy and knowledgeable service. A real pleasure to deal with.”

“A big thank you to the team at ISO Certification Experts in helping us achieve our NSW Government WHS Management System Guidelines 5th Edition Certification. Excellent communication, speedy and knowledgeable service. A real pleasure to deal with. I will be sure to consult the team for any future certifications that may be required. I would highly recommend their services to anyone!”

Damian Rincon, Project and Estimating Manager, Beasy Pty Ltd, Yennora, NSW

At ISO Certification Experts we specialise in the development of business management systems to not only meet the Certification Readiness requirements of the OHS Management System Standards, but also integrate the requirements with your operational processes to ensure your systems also achieve your business objectives and targets and control your organisational risks.

Call us today on 1300-614-007 to book in your FREE 30-minute Strategy Meeting with one of our Management System Experts to plan your Certification Readiness to ISO 45001.

About the author

Managing Director at ISO Certification Experts

Erica is a Certified Trainer, Implementer and Auditor for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 27001, and heads up the day-to-day operations of the business.