ISO 9001:2015 is the main standard for Quality Management System
Whether you are an employee, a manager or a business owner, you share a common goal – you don’t want anyone to get hurt on the job. Improved productivity stems from ensuring people operate in workplaces that provide transparency and build trust throughout their operation and supply chain. In addition, responsible practices are becoming increasingly important to brands and reputations.
ISO 45001 is the new ISO standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S). It has become one of the most eagerly awaited standards in the world, and is set to drastically improve levels of workplace safety.
Given that ISO 45001 will become part of the business norm, regardless of whether organizations choose to adopt it or not, it’s important for companies to stay abreast of the latest developments.
MIGRATING FROM OHSAS 18001 TO ISO 45001
If your organization currently holds accredited OHSAS 18001 certification, you will have three years from the formal publication of the new standard in which to migrate to the new ISO 45001 standard. To best prepare for this, holders of OHSAS 18001 are advised to work through the following steps:
Obtain a copy of the new standard
Set your company’s strategy and engage stakeholders
Develop an implementation plan
Ensure any new competency requirements are met and create awareness for all parties that have an impact on the effectiveness of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS)
Review and confirm leadership roles, responsibilities and account-abilities
Review systems for the management of outsourced products and services
Review and understand the requirements for risks and opportunities
Ensure that the requirements for “Documented Information” are understood
Update the existing OHSMS to meet the new requirements and provide verification of its effectiveness
Communicate with ArabianConsult with regards to your migration arrangements
What are the major differences between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001?
There are many differences, but the main change is that ISO 45001 concentrates on the interaction between an organization and its business environment while OHSAS 18001 was focused on managing OH&S hazards and other internal issues. But the standards also diverge in many other ways:
ISO 45001 is process-based – OHSAS 18001 is procedure-based
ISO 45001 is dynamic in all clauses – OHSAS 18001 is not
ISO 45001 considers both risk and opportunities – OHSAS 18001 deals exclusively with risk
ISO 45001 includes the views of interested parties – OHSAS 18001 does not
These points represent a significant shift in the way health and safety management is perceived. OH&S is no longer treated as a “stand alone”, but must be viewed within the perspective of running a sound and sustainable organization. That being said, although the two standards differ in their approach, a management system established in accordance with OHSAS 18001 will be a solid platform for migrating to ISO 45001.