The ISO 45001 was one of the world’s most anticipated standards and outlines the requirements for an occupational health and safety management system within an organisation and provides guidance for its use. ISO 45001 was published in March 2018 and effectively replaces OHSAS 18001.
The goal of ISO 45001 is to help businesses make their workplaces safer and healthier for employees by preventing injuries and diseases. It is considered a significant step forward and helps businesses demonstrate that they are committed to the overall wellbeing of their workers.
Managing Director & Lead Auditor Muhammad Ali of WWISE, on why businesses should pay attention to this standard“It’s been just over a year since the international occupational health and safety (OH&S) standard, ISO 45001, was published. The 3-year transition period will be here in a blink of an eye. Businesses need to begin taking the steps towards the new requirements now.”
How ISO 45001 will benefit your business
Globally, thousands of lives are lost on a daily basis due to workplace fatalities and work-related diseases. ISO 45001 aims to prevent such incidents and ensure an overall safe and healthy work environment. Because ISO 45001 provides guidance for its use, the standard offers businesses a single, clear framework for all organisations wanting to improve their occupational health and safety.
The ISO 45001 offers a variety of benefits:
What are the major differences between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001?
While the overall goal of the two standards remain the same, ISO 45001 is considered a major improvement over the OHSAS 18001 standard. Aside from this, the main differences between ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001 include:
Should your company come into compliance?
The ISO 45001 is suitable for all organisations regardless of its size, industry or location. While being certified is not currently a legal requirement, it is recommended. Ask the following questions to determine if ISO 45001 is suitable for your business:
Being certified is ultimately your decision but take into consideration that ISO 45001 will greatly benefit your business on a local and international scale.
The migration process from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001
The migration process from one standard to another may have its challenges, but through planning and commitment, everyone within the organisation will benefit. Businesses that are currently OHSAS 18001 certified have until March 2021 to migrate to ISO 45001. The following steps will help businesses to migrate from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001:
Furthermore, staff needs to be trained to fully implement changes.
How WWISE Can Help
We provide a full range of courses to develop awareness of ISO 45001:2018, understand the requirements, and implement the standard successfully. We furthermore assist with the transitioning from OHSAS 18001 to the new standard, perform a GAP analysis, help with integration of the ISMS with your organisation’s existing management systems, conduct audits, and help with preparation for ISO 45001 certification.
Contact us today if you need help with the migration process.