ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System
Certifying to the first International OHS Standard – ISO 45001:2018 – helps organisations of all sizes to align their strategic direction with their OHS Management System and increase focus on proactively improving occupational health and safety performance in a way that has never been seen before.
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What is in the ISO 45001:2018 Standard?
Replacing OHSAS 18001 in 2018, ISO 45001 is the first International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.
ISO 45001:2018 replaced OHSAS 18001 in 2018 as the main international standard; the transition deadline set to September 2021.
ISO 45001 applies the ISO High Level Structure (HLS), which defines the structure for all ISO standards easing integration with other generic management system standards. This benefits companies already certified to standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
Based on the well-established management principles of Plan-Do-Check-Act, ISO 45001 requires an organisation to:
- identify hazards and assess occupational health and safety risks related to its activities and services;
- determine the necessary controls;
- set clear objectives and targets to improve on its OH&S performance.
The organisation needs to understand its internal and external issues as well as its workers and interested parties expectations in order to implement an appropriate OHS management system that does not operate in isolation to the rest of the business.
Critical to the success of the OHS management system, top management are responsible and accountable for the prevention of work-related injury and ill health as well as establish, implement, maintain and improve the OHS policy. ISO 45001 enhances the consultation and participation of the organisations workers, seeking their views before making decisions regarding the management system.
The organisation needs to plan for both risks and opportunities that could affect the performance of the OHS management system including OHS risks and opportunities and legal, regulatory or contractual requirements.
The organisation must support the OHS management system with the necessary resources to establish, implement, maintain, and continually improve. This support includes human resources, natural resources, infrastructure and financial resources.
The organisation must plan, implement, control and maintain the processes needed to meet the OHS management systems requirements. This includes any temporary or permanent planned changes that could impact the OHS performance, as well as the procurement of products, services and contractors.
In order to remain competitive, the organisation must commit to continually improving the OHS management system. It should improve the suitability, adequacy and effectiveness by promoting a culture that supports the management system.