Why has the ISO 45001 Standard been developed and what are the changes?
The ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard is designed to help companies and organizations around the world ensure the health and safety of the people who work for them.
ISO 45001 is aligned with ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and builds on OHSAS 18001 what will ensure an easy alignment into the organisation’s overall management processes and allow a straightforward integration with the requirements of the other ISO Management System Standards.
What does this mean for your business?
ISO 45001:2018 is the replacement to OHSAS 18001:2007 and AS/NZS 4801:2001.
If your business is already certified to OHSAS 18001 and/or AS/NZS 4801, you have three years to upgrade your business to the new requirements, and then go through a transition audit to update your Certification to the ISO 45001 Standard.
If your business hasn’t been certified to OHSAS 18001 and/or AS/NZS 4801 yet, start working towards the requirements of ISO 45001. There’s no need to reference the old Standard.
The ISO 45001 Standard
The ISO 45001:2018 Standard is all about providing a framework for managing Occupational Health and Safety risks and opportunities, eliminating hazards and minimising Occupational Health and Safety risks by taking effective preventive actions, with an outcome to prevent work related injury and ill health to workers and to provide safe and healthy workplaces.
Effective implementation of the ISO 45001:2018 Standard will provide a systematic approach to enable an organisation to manage its Occupational Health and Safety risk and improve its Occupational Health and Safety performance. The Safety Management Standard emphasises on the responsibilities of those in authority and highlights the necessity of everyone in the workplace to participate.