WHAT IS

ISO 45001:2018

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

AND

SAFETY MANAGEMENT

SYSTEMS

ISO 45001:2018 is the replacement of OHSAS 18001:2007. It specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. It gives guidance to helps organisations prevent work-related injuries and illnesses and provides safe and healthy workplaces. ISO 45001 can be applicable to any organisation regardless of its size, type and nature.

ISO 45001 focuses on identifying risks and opportunities, hazard identification and risk assessment, and operational controls. It enables organisation through its OH&S management system, to integrate other aspects of health and safety such as worker wellness. It provides the framework for organizations to address “communicable diseases” such as the Coronavirus. By implementing ISO 45001, you are taking your employees wellness and well-being into greater consideration.

Benefits of ISO 45001:2018

  • Improves hazard identification and risk assessment.
  • Reduces accident, downtime, overall costs of incidents at the workplace.
  • Show your commitment towards effective health and safety policy.
  • Create awareness and improve employee health and safety.
  • Compliant and fulfil legal requirements, regulations and industry practices.
  • Improve company reputation and opportunities to gain new business.
  • Encourage and improve management involvement & accountability.
  • Recognize globally and statutory and legislation in any country.
  • Improve employee morale and communication.
  • Financial benefit with lower insurance premiums.

ISO 45001:2018 Clauses:

  • Scope
  • Normative References
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Context of The Organization
  • Leadership and Worker Participation
  • Planning for the OH&S System
  • Support
  • Operation
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Improvement

History of ISO 45001

ISO 45001 is set to replace OHSAS 18001 following its publication in March 2018. BSI will formally withdraw BS OSHAS 18001 in September 2021. ISO 45001 uses the management system standard structure guideline Annex SL to allow for simplified integration with other management system standards like ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

The main changes include OHSAS 18001 was focused on managing OH&S hazards and other internal issues, but ISO 45001 concentrates on interaction between an organization and its business environment. Other differences include ISO 45001 is process-based vs OHSAS 18001 is procedure-based. ISO 45001 is dynamic in all clauses vs OHSAS 18001 is not. ISO 45001 considers both risk and opportunities vs OHSAS 18001 mainly on risk. ISO 45001 includes the views of interested parties vs OHSAS 18001 does not

Why is ISO 45001 Important

As businesses continue to emerge, more organisations put more attention ensure the business grow in-line with adequate safety protections for their employees, customers and stakeholders. It’s also important because:

  • A framework to determine hazards and OH&S risks associated with its activities.
  • Provide a continual cycle of performance in the context of occupational health and safety that meets legal or regulatory.
  • Enables targeted problematic or risky areas of your operations and mitigate threats moving towards the future.
  • As business grow, risks can appear in various different ways, and protecting the health and safety of employees become key element in workplace.
  • Proven way to show regulators that the organization is committed to give assurance to employees and stakeholders.
  • Meet requirement and eligible to work on public sector and mega projects which only awarded to companies with OH&S system accredited.
  • Provide factual oriented decision making with risk-based thinking.
  • Reduce operation downtime, incidents and any costs associated with OH&S.