The ISO 45001:2018 solely focuses on the occupational health and safety management system of an organisation. Published in March 2018, this standard works towards eliminating the chance of any potential disease and injuries related to occupation. It also follows the structure of ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015, so that it is easy to integrate these standards in any organisation if it has already received the ISO 45001:2018 certification.
This ISO standard is based on the OHSAS 18001 that also focuses on the OH&S assessments. The organisations that have already acquired the BS OHSAS 18001 certification can easily migrate to the ISO 45001 till March 2021. Although the ISO 45001:2018 is mainly based on the standards of OHSAS 18001, there are some differences in these two standards.
Definition of OHSAS 18001 & ISO 45001
Before we get to the differences and how to comply with each standard, let’s define the two standards we’er talking about.
OHSAS 18001 was an international standard for occupational health and safety management. It established the minimum requirements for an occupational health and safety program.
ISO 45001, which replaces the old 18001 standard, is an international standard that specifies requirements for an occupational health & safety management system. It provides a framework for organizations to manage risks and opportunities to help prevent worker illnesses and injuries.
What are some of the main differences between ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001?
Structure: The structure of ISO 45001 is based on Annex SL, which is the framework used in other ISO management system standards, making implementation easier and more efficient.
Management Commitment: ISO 45001 requires the incorporation of health and safety into the overall management system of the organization, requiring management to take a stronger leadership role in OH&S
Worker Involvement: ISO 45001 requires employee training and education to identify risks and help create a successful safety program, allowing broader employee participation
Risk v. Hazard: ISO 45001 follows a preventive process, requiring hazard risks to be evaluated and remedied before they cause accidents and injuries, unlike OHSAS 18001, which focused only on hazard control.
Why is occupational Health & Safety Management important for you?
Regardless of what industry you are in, accidents that lead to injury or health related issues will always occur. Therefore whether you are an employee, manager or business owner, you will always share the same goal minimize the number of casualties at work. ISO 45001 provides you with a framework to identify, control and prevent work-related injuries.
By obtaining an ISO 45001 certification you will prove that you care about the well-being of employees and that you are continually making efforts to enhance their welfare. Furthermore, you will earn a globally recognized certificate on Occupational Health and Safety Management, which will prove that you are aware of the policies and processes needed to reduce work injuries. You will also gain a competitive advantage by improving your brand’s reputation and increasing your capacity.
Why choose us?
At Exsolution Group our team is committed to supporting your organisation’s need to implement the ISO 45001:2018. Our team of Occupational Health & Safety industry experts and practitioners have vast experience implementing, maintaining and auditing management systems. We have been operating for quite some time, and this has allowed us to obtain tremendous experience during our years of existence. Our Consultants are well versed in all the ISO Standards and will provide you with insight into all aspects of the process.
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