Next week marks one year since the long-awaited, and much anticipated, occupational health and safety standard ISO 45001 was released. Tens of thousands of businesses around the globe are already certified, and it is expected that over 500,000 organisations will take up the standard internationally over the next decade.
In October 2018, AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, was officially published by Standards Australia following discussions with industry and regulators (see related article).
Now that the standard has officially been adapted for local use, businesses certified to OHSAS 18001 or AS/NZ 4801 have three years from the 12th of March 2018 to migrate to the new ISO 45001 standard.
What’s different in ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 has been prepared using “High-Level Structure”. This is intended to enhance alignment among ISO’s management system standards, and to facilitate the implementation for organisations that need to meet the requirements of several standards simultaneously, for example, the already released ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015
With its ‘top-down’ philosophy, ISO 45001 also requires management and leadership to take greater responsibility for health and safety issues.
- Remain generic.
- Simplified language and text.
- Facilitate implementation.
- Apply a ‘High-Level Structure”.
- Context of the organisation.
- Leadership and worker participation.
- Reduce work-related injuries, ill-health and fatalities.
- Develop and implement an OH&S policy and OH&S objectives.
- Demonstrate management commitment to OH&S MS.
- Control OH&S risks.
- Improve OH&S performance.
Why get certified?
Certification is a credible way to demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to health and safety, whilst providing a framework that drives continuous improvement.
Improve your company’s Health & Safety image
By implementing ISO 45001:2018 certification, you receive proof of your organisation’s ongoing commitment to the health and safety of your employees.
Demonstrate legal compliance with safety regulations
A certified occupational health and safety management system provides assurance that legal compliance is effectively managed. Implementing an OHSMS is now a legal requirement in many countries.
Reduce insurance premiums
By reducing the number of accidents or damage to equipment or plant sites, an organisation can also reduce insurance premiums, cost of fines and civil actions.
Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), delivering high quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.
Want to learn more?
The following webinar provides an overview of ISO 450001 requirements, outlines the differences and relationships between the revised standard, and gives information on managing a successful transition.
Lead Auditor Training
Bureau Veritas is now delivering a Lead Auditor Training course certified by Exemplar Global.
Upcoming training Lead Auditor ISO 9001:
- PERTH : 25-29 March 2019
- AUCKLAND: 15-19 April 2019
- SYDNEY: 6-10 May 2019