Occupational Health and Safety is an area where there is zero margin for error. The financial and reputational loss in such situations can be massive. ISO 45001 is an International Standard that specifies requirements for occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. ISO 45001 offers organisations the guidance for its use and tools regarding how they can proactively improve OH&S performance by preventing injury, ill-health, eliminate hazards and minimise risks. It can be applied to any organisation, regardless of its size, type and nature of the business that wishes to establish, implement and maintain occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system.
An organisation is responsible for ensuring that it minimizes the risk of harm to the people that are involved in its activities. All of ISO 45001 requirements are intended to be integrated into an organisation management process. The standard will align with other ISO management system standards like ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and will use the Annex SL framework.
ISO 45001 will enable you to meet your legal and moral obligations. Improving health and safety in the workplace not only creates a safer work environment and results in lesser accidents, but also saves time and cost regarding plant shutdowns, employee absenteeism, litigation subsequently improving regulatory compliance and corporate branding.
The standard increases organisational strength through proactive risk prevention, innovation and continuous improvement. Your company complies with legal regulations and demonstrates brand responsibility through secure, healthy and sustainable employment.
ISO 45001: 2018
After years of work, the ISO 45001 has finally been published. The slow development was due to the different approaches to Occupational Health & Safety in different countries. The International Standards Organization began work on ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems in 2013. Draft International Standard ISO/DIS 45001 was released in January 2016, and the final Draft was released at the end of November 2017. The new version was published in December 2017 and is replacing OHSAS 18001.
OHSAS 18001 is an internationally recognized British standard for occupational health and safety management. This system was valid for provision of repairs, construction, cleaning, decontamination, testing, commissioning and related design and engineering services for high-pressure pipelines. As of 12th March 2018, it has been superseded by ISO 45001 which is the world’s first international standard for occupational health and safety management systems.
So, BS OHSAS certificates will no longer be valid from March 2021. All organisations, who currently have the certification of OHSAS 18001, will have a three-year period to complete their transition to ISO 45001: 2018.
Who is 45001 suitable for?
ISO 45001 is based on Annex SL, the same management system framework as ISO 9001 Quality Management and ISO 14001 Environmental Management. Thousands of people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases all around the world. It was developed to combat the problem of occupational injuries, diseases and employee safety. It is aligned with the 2015 version of those standards so integration should be comparatively easier. With this new version, ISO 45001 completes the QSHE management system triad along with quality and environmental standards.
Like all ISO standards, 45001 is also universal. It is flexible and can be adapted to manage occupational health and safety in a wide range of organisations. This standard will help organisations reduce this number of avoidable fatalities by improving employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better and safer working conditions.
ISO 45001 standards can be used by:
- Large, small and medium-sized enterprises
- Global conglomerates
- Non-government organisations (NGOs) and charities
- Academic institutions
- Government departments
As an international standard, ISO 45001 surpasses geographical, political, economic, commercial and social boundaries. This sets a single benchmark for the management of occupational health and safety across the globe.
If you are currently working with OHSAS 18001 or country-specific standard AS / NZS 48001, you can upgrade to ISO 45001, within three years. If you have not yet implemented Health and Safety Management, you will have to prepare for the implementation of ISO 45001 from scratch.
What about AS / NZS 4801?
OSHAS 18001 is an internationally applied British standard, while AS/NZS 4801 is specifically relevant to health & safety legislation in New Zealand and Australia. Both certifications have now been replaced by ISO 45001.
The technology behind ISO 45001 enables a new and better methodology for increased involvement of employee and leadership and better control of the workforce as compared to the AS/NZS 4801. It also improves processes for identifying operational hazards and risks, minimizes and eventually eliminates operational risk factors.
Many organisations in New Zealand have quality, environmental or other management systems based on one or more ISO management system standards. Because ISO 45001 has the same structure as other standards, it is easier to integrate an OHSMS into the overall management system.
ISO 45001 will be available as the international version later this year. Standards in New Zealand will then start the process to adopt it in 2019, at which time AS/NZS 4801 will be withdrawn.
ISO 45001:2018 is due for publication in the next few months and will be adopted as a New Zealand standard, NZS ISO 45001:2018, later this year.
The publishing of this new standard represents the beginning of a new era for Occupational Health and Safety across the globe. Once you decide that ISO 45001 is right for you, our consultant will help you establish how your organisation compares to the requirements of the standard.
We recommend you to consider the support that QICE can give you about ISO 45001 so that your organisation can provide its employees with a safer work environment and set a precedent for other organisations. QICE can provide manufacturers, service providers and product developers in New Zealand with the consulting services and professional tools needed to create their path to greatness. QICE offers not only internal auditing services, management system support and software solutions but also lean management consulting, third party inspection services and customized auditing services so that you can adopt a better management system for your organisation.