ISO 45001 Certification will be the new international standard for an OHSMS. While it is similar to OHSAS 18001, the new ISO 45001 Certificationstandard adopts the Annex SL top-level framework of all new and revised ISO management system standards.
ISO 45001 Health and Safety Management
ISO 45001:2018 has been published March 2018 and this is an ISO standard replacing the OHSAS 18001:2007. ISO 45001: 2018 is an Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) management system. This standard provides the requirements for to enable the organizations in providing a safe as well as healthy workplace environment.
Benefits of ISO 45001 Certification
- Determining the hazards and risks linked with activities included in OH&S and eliminating or minimizing their potential effect.
- Development and implementation of OH&S policy and objectives.
- Ensuring workers get involved actively in OHS matters.
- Establishment of systematic processes that are considered to be in context and those that take into account the opportunities, risks and legal/ other requirements.
- Improving the ability of your company to respond to regulatory compliance issues.
- Reduction in overall costs of incidents.
- Reduced downtime and costs of disruption in operations.
- Reduced insurance premiums.
- Reduced absenteeism.
- Increased employee turnover.
Key areas in OHSAS certification
- Management systems in plac
- Planning and risk assessment.
- Staff training and awareness.
- Communication of safety management systems.
- Response to emergency situations.
- Monitoring and continual improvement
What would happen if you did nothing?
Hopefully nothing, but when OHSAS 18001 becomes redundant, you will no longer have an externally assessed management system and you will lose the benefit of the “fresh eyes” approach.
Often supply chain requirements have health and safety elements. For example, it is often a customer requirement to have an externally assessed and certified health and safety management system. Where this is the case, it may be difficult to meet your contractual requirements when OHSAS 18001 has gone.
There are additional benefits from implementing management systems other than the increased control of hazard and risk, such as potentially lower insurance premiums, better employee retention and morale, outside investment, clear management information and much more.