Establishing a Global Standard in OH&S
After several years in development, ISO 45001 was published in March 2018 and will supersede OHSAS 18001 following a three year migration period. Organisations looking to achieve ISO 45001 can expect the following benefits:
- ISO 45001:2018 has been developed to integrate with other recently revised management systems standards such as ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015. It adopts the Annex SL a high-level structure, identical core text, and terms and definitions.
- A risk-based approach assures effectiveness and undergoes continuous improvement
- A focus on the involvement of leadership, and leadership commitment to improve workplace conditions
- Employees will take a more active role in OH&S implementation and compliance, helping to reduce time and costs related to accidents or ill health
- Being certified to ISO 45001 will help organisations demonstrate to its customers, stakeholders and employees a robust OH&S system, which in turn will build a positive reputation
- Improved processes for identifying operational hazards and risks
- Advanced procedures for managing legal documentation and expectations
- Successful monitoring and measurement of on-site and off-site processes
ISO 45001 draws on OHSAS 18001, so if you are already certified to OHSAS the migration process should be straightforward. At Auva, we understand that each organisation has a bespoke set of requirements, therefore you will be assigned a specialist auditor in your field that can help guide you through.
OHSAS 18001 – ISO 45001 migration process
Preparatory activity can include:
- Identifying organisational gaps which need to be addressed
- Developing an implementation plan
- Providing appropriate internal training and awareness
- Updating existing OHSMS to meet the revised requirement and providing verification of effectiveness.