What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 Update December 2017

Publication of the final standard is expected to be in Q1 of 2018. Once ISO 45001 is officially released OHSAS 18001 will be withdrawn and organisations currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will have a three-year period to migrate to ISO 45001. Certification Europe will continue to keep our clients updated on the OH&S standard we received them.

What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001, Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) management system will be the world’s first OH&S international standard. It will help thousands of organisations to provide a safe and healthy workplace for their workers and other people, prevent deaths, work-related injury and ill health, and to continually improve their OH&S performance. With the new standard organisations will be better equipped to improve their resilience by anticipating, adapting and responding to risks so they can survive and prosper.

Who is it for?

ISO 45001 is intended for use by any organisation, regardless of its size or the nature of its work, and can be integrated into other health and safety programmes such as worker wellness and wellbeing. ISO 45001 can assist an organisation to fulfil its legal requirements.

Benefits of ISO 45001

ISO 45001 brings occupational health and safety management and continual improvement into the heart of an organisation.

  • Reduce work-related injuries, ill health and death
  • Eliminate or minimize OH&S risks
  • Improve OH&S performance and effectiveness
  • Demonstrate corporate responsibility and meet supply chain requirements
  • Protect brand reputation
  • Motivate and engage staff in consultation and participation

If you have any questions about migrating to ISO 45001 or implementation to the Health & Safety Standard for the first time please contact our team today.

Who are the intended users of the Standard?

The simple answer is all organisations. As long as your organisation has people working on its behalf, or who may be affected by its activities, then using a systematic approach to managing health and safety will bring benefits to it. The standard can be used by small low-risk operations equally as well as by high risk and large complex organisations. While the standard requires that OH&S risks are addressed and controlled, it also takes a risk-based approach to the OH&S management system itself, to ensure a) that it is effective and b) being improved to meet an organisation’s ever changing “context”. This risk-based approach is consistent with the way organisations manage their other “business” risks and hence encourages the integration of the standard’s requirements into organisations’ overall management processes.

How does ISO 45001 relate to other standards?

ISO 45001 follows the high-level structure approach that is being applied to other ISO management system standards, such as ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment). In developing the standard, consideration has been given to the content of other international standards (such as OHSAS 18001 or the International Labour Organisation’s “ILO –OSH Guidelines”) and national standards, as well as to the ILO’s International Labour standards and conventions (ILSs).

Those adopting the standard, once it has been published, should find its requirements consistent with the other standards. This will allow for a relatively easy migration from using an existing OH&S management system standard to using ISO 45001, and will also allow for the alignment and integration with the requirements of other ISO management system standards into their organisation’s overall management processes.

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