The introduction of ISO 45001, the new occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system standard, is fast approaching.
Heralded to combat the issue of occupational injuries and promote a safer working environment, ISO 45001 will enable organizations to better manage their OH&S risks and improve their OH&S performance.
To clarify facets of the new standard, here is a brief overview of ISO 45001.
What is ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems—Requirements is currently under development and will replace OHSAS 18001 (officially BS OHSAS 18001). OHSAS 18001 is an internationally applied British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems.
Once finalized, the international standard will provide a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks, and create better, safer working conditions globally.
What is the purpose of ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 specifies requirements for an OH&S management system, with guidance for its use, to enable an organization to proactively improve its OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health.
The new standard enables an organization, through its OH&S management systems, to integrate other aspects of health and safety, such as worker wellness/well-being.
What are the key differences between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 is built on the Annex SL framework, which features in all new and revised ISO management system standards (including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001) as the core.
The new international standard draws from OHSAS 18001, U.S. Z10, and other widely used specifications.
ISO 45001’s main differences from OHSAS 18001 include:
- The inclusion of Annex SL and the language used
- More stress on leadership and management roles
- New risk-based approach
The Annex SL framework will allow for easier integration with other ISO management systems standards.
Who is ISO 45001 designed for?
The new standard is intended to be applicable to any organization regardless of its size, type, and nature.
All of the requirements of the standard are intended to be integrated into an organization’s own management processes.
What will be the key benefits of implementing ISO 45001?
Implementing an ISO 45001-based OH&S management system will enable an organization to improve its OH&S performance by:
- Developing and implementing an OH&S policy and OH&S objectives
- Determining hazards and OH&S risks, with the goal of eliminating them
- Increasing awareness of OH&S risks
- Evaluating OH&S performance and seeking to make improvements
What is the current status?
The standard is currently under development. The Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) version of the new standard is expected to be released in June 2016. The FDIS is the penultimate stage in the standard development process.
Following the release of the FDIS, Exemplar Global will provide more detailed information on the requirements to transition from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001.
When will the new standard be published?
The final International Standard (IS) version of ISO 45001 is expected to be published in October 2016.
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