ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety- OHSMS

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Is an internationally recognized standards for Occupational Health and Safety Management.


  • On March 12, 2018 the ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management standard was published which over the next three years will replace OHSAS 18001. The ISO 45001 standard has been written to the same framework as the ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 Management System Standards.


All standards provide a framework that any organization can use to identify and effectively control its occupational health and safety risks.


Achieving compliance with ISO 45001 will typically involve identifying the most significant health and safety hazards in the business and taking appropriate action to manage these. All health and safety legislation applicable to a business and its activities must also be identified, documented and complied with. 


Certification in ISO 45001 demonstrates to all stakeholders of an organization that your health and safety management system has been independently assessed and conforms to international standards for health and safety practice in the workplace. 


How will ISO 45001 help my Organization?


ISO 45001 ensures your organization has a management system in place to reduce health & safety risks within the workplace – protecting workers from potential harm and increasing profitability at the same time. Other benefits of ISO 45001 include:


  1. Reduced overall costs of incidents.
  2. Reduced risk in downtime and the costs of disruption to operations.
  3. Reduced cost of insurance premiums.
  4. Reduced absences and employee turnover rate.
  5. Improved ability to respond to legal and compliance requirements.
  6. Recognition for achieving an international benchmark.

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ISO 45001:2018 - Occupational Health and Safety (OHAS)

Save lives – reduce losses – improve your image – keep safe and healthy

More than 2.78 million deaths a year as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases, in addition to 374 million non-fatal injuries and illnesses are not just statistics* – they have an enormous impact on families and communities, and the cost to business and economies is high. An Occupational Health & Safety Management System is an important step towards reducing these figures and their impact, even more so if it is certified according to ISO 45001:2018-Occupational Health and Safety (OHAS).


ISO 45001:2018 follows in the wake of the revised ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 with their high-level structure and emphasis on managing risks. The new standard, which has replaced BS OHSAS 18001:2007 in its entirety, will finally see occupational health and safety capable of full integration into an existing management system, even including aspects of corporate health management. 


Joint topics are context of the organization, leader-ship and commitment, and risk-based approach to processes. This elevates the new standard for workplace health and safety even more into the ranks of corporate leadership subjects of strategic significance. This is a milestone on the way to a comprehensive, holistic and globally effective occupational health and safety protection.


An occupational health and safety (OHAS) management system can help organizations manage their risks and improve their performance in respect to workplace safety. Objectives and effective policies will result in a variety of advantages for certified organizations, starting with reductions in workplace incidents, staff absences and insurance premiums, and leading to a better reputation and highly motivated employees.


These are a few new features worth noting


Health and safety will become a central aspect of the overall management system, requiring a firm commitment to continual improvement from top management. At the same time, it will be necessary to involve all employees in reaching OHSAS objectives.


Context of the organization includes understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties (also known as stakeholders) and consider all internal and external issues that may affect the ability of the organization to meet its OHAS objectives. Ideally, this includes subcontractors and suppliers.


Minimizing the risk of harm also requires considering any concerns that can lead to long term health issues, absence from work, and psychosocial factors like stress, which can be managed by encouraging employees to take an active role in their own OHAS, and to establish a culture of health and safety.


Stronger requirements to address legal and regulatory compliance issues in the entire management system, throughout all phases of the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model, already found in ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, provides a framework for continual improvement and assists in risk management.


An organization’s overall safety performance can only be improved if the hazard profile of the organization has been accurately determined and appropriately addressed; and the type of business operation has been understood and analyzed to appreciate which factors have the greatest impact on health and safety.

Organizations that have not yet implemented a management system then needs to establish its scope and determine the objectives their system will be expected to achieve. This of course requires the establishment of an OHAS policy. In order to achieve implementation within the desired timeframe, a step-by-step plan, complete with the required resources and competencies, needs to be drawn up to identify any gaps.


Inducing employers to take a comprehensive, programmatic and preventive responsibility for OHAS rather than just prescribing specific solutions has emerged as a major new regulatory strategy and this approach has also been voluntarily assumed by an increasing number of (generally large) organizations.


For organizations looking to have their system certified, the International Standards Organization has specified a three-year transition period, starting from the date of publication of ISO 45001 (12 March 2018). Customers requiring transition services need to request assistance from ISOP Solutions to smoothly transition to the new ISO 45001:2018 standard OHAS.

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4-Step Fast-Track (60-90 Days)

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Step 1 (Day 1)  Contract Signed (Letter of  ISO Implementation Initiated).


Step 2 (Day 15-30) Gap Analysis performed (4-8 hours).

  

Step 3 (Day 45-60) Single Manual Set delivered and related training session(s) held. Assistance provided for any additional steps needed to prepare for Accredited Audit (4-8 hours). 


Step 4 (Day 60-90) Accredited ISO Certification Audit (Letter of Audit) issued. Certificates delivered in 5-10 days 

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