ISO 45001:2018 the new International standard for Health and Safety (OH&S) Management system
ISO 45001 is the standard that provides a framework for an organization to manage risks and opportunities to help prevent work-related injuries and ill health to workers. The intended outcome is to improve and provide a safe and healthy workplace.
ISO 45001 is intended to help organizations, regardless of the organisation’s size or type of industry they operate in, in designing unique (OH&S) systems. The ISO 45001 requirements were formulated to effectively integrate into an organization’s existing management and business processes and not be a standalone system.
OHSAS 18001 vs. ISO 45001
- OHSAS 18001 formed the basis from which ISO 45001 was developed.
- ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001 share many common features including risk based thinking and the Plan-Do-Check-Act model
- A well implemented OHSAS 18001 systems will cover a lot of ground towards compliance to the ISO 45001 standard.
- The main difference lies in the approach – Top management involvement is required for effective employee participation and in promoting a positive culture.
- Greater attention to the context of the organization is needed.
- Stakeholder expectations must now be considered.
- Organizations can now use and include other forms of documented information to reduce the paper burden.
- Follows the structure of Annex SL to make integration with other standards easier.