ISO 45001:2018 - Health & Safety Management Systems Certification

ISO 45001:2018 is the replacement to OHSAS 18001 and is the international ISO standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS). Not only has the standard superceded OHSAS 18001, it makes integration with other management systems simpler than ever before; because it shares the new common structure defined by Annex SL, it is directly aligned with the 2015 versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

ISO 45001:2018 - Health & Safety Management Systems Certification

What Is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 certification was developed to mitigate any factors that can cause employees and businesses irreparable harm. Its standards are the result of great effort by a committee of health and safety management experts who looked closely at a number of other approaches to system management — including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. In addition, ISO 45001 was designed to take other existing occupational health and safety standards, such as OHSAS 18001, into account — as well as the ILO’s labor standards, conventions and safety guidelines.

According to many health and safety experts — including the professionals who worked on the ISO committee — ISO 45001 represents a landmark breakthrough. For the first time internationally, businesses of all sizes can now access a single framework that offers them a clear pathway to developing better and more robust occupational health and safety measures.

Especially geared toward senior management, ISO 45001 has the ultimate goal of helping businesses provide a healthy and safe working environment for their employees and everyone else who visits the workplace. This goal can be achieved by controlling factors that could potentially lead to injury, illness and — in extreme situations — even death. As a result, ISO 45001 is concerned with mitigating any factors that are harmful or that pose a danger to workers’ physical and/or mental well-being.

Although ISO 45001 is heavily informed by OHSAS 18001, it’s a distinctly new standard — not a simple revision or brief update. Read on to see what organizations of all types and sizes need to do to maintain compliance and achieve ISO 45001 certification.

Benefits of Health & Safety Certification

Customer satisfaction - Meet customer requirements consistently whilst safeguarding their health and property.

Reduced operating costs - Less down-time due to incidents and ill health and lower costs from legal fees and compensation means money saved.

Improved stakeholder relationships - Make the health and property of staff, customers and suppliers more of a priority and people will respond.

Legal compliance - Understand how statutory and regulatory requirements impact your organization and its customers.

Improved risk management - Identify potential incidents and implement controls and measures to keep risk as low as possible.

Proven business credentials - Independent verification against recognized standards speaks volumes.

Ability to win more business - Procurement specifications often require certification as a condition to supply so gaining the standard opens doors.

Next Steps

ISO 45001 Training - NQA provides a range of IOSH, IRCA and CPD accredited training options to suit your needs and budget. These are designed to give you the skills to implement and manage an effective health and safety management system.

Gap Analysis - NQA also undertakes optional gap analysis to help you determine the likely workload and timescale for implementing a health and safety management system that will achieve ISO 45001 certification. You can use this to plan implementation or brief a consultant.

Consultancy - NQA doesn’t provide consultancy to remain impartial, but we can help you choose a reputable consultant from the NQA Associate Consultant Register.

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