On March 12th 2018, the ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard was published internationally by ISO. This new standard replaces the EN 18001:2007 OHAS and businesses certified with the 18001 OHAS have 3 years to transition to the new ISO 45001 standard or will lose their certified status.
The new standard provides the mechanism for establishing, implementing and the maintenance of an OHAS management system, including the management of OHAS risks and opportunities.
But Why Change?
The new standard has a number of improvements that alter the way businesses look at OHAS. It encourages businesses to look at OHAS from both a risk and opportunistic way, to help with continuous improvement. There is much more emphasis on Senior Management participation, the management of change and management system performance. It also increases involvement of employees and their participation within the OHAS.
ISO 45001 is written so it can easily integrate into other ISO management systems. Many businesses usually integrate their OHAS with their Environmental management system. Now, as with ISO 9001 Quality management system, all three main standards have the same structure, allowing for easier integration, reduction in paperwork and maintenance.
What is the Benefit of ISO 45001?
The real benefit of the new standard is it can now link directly to your business strategy and no longer be thought of as a ‘stand-alone’ management system. Because it now emphasises involvement of the Executive Management to drive the system, great emphasis on risk identification, assessment and management but, now includes opportunities. Identifying, assessing and implementing opportunities to improve the business OHAS, it has become proactive rather than reactive!
The only documentation you require to maintain are the procedures, forms and records that evidence the requirements of the OHAS. This documented information can be maintained and stored electronically, so no more need for shelves of binders.
Is it still just for Manufacturing and Construction sectors?
No. It is now a standard that can be implemented to improve Occupational Health and Safety in any business, large or small, in any business sector. If you are truly committed to protecting your employees, sub-contractors, customers or neighbours, then you should be considering implementing ISO 45001:2018.
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