Struggling to make the transition from OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001:2018?
With a systematic approach and the commitment from management, the transition process can be a lot easier.
The ISO organization set three years for the transition period. Thus OHSAS 18001 certified organizations will have surveillance audits according to the old standard until March 12, 2021.
Due to the COVID19 outbreak globally, the transition period for migrating from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001 can be extended up to six months (11 September 2021)
What is ISO 45001:2018?
ISO 45001:2018 lays requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system and gives directions for its use, to empower associations to give protected and solid working environments by anticipating business related damage and sick wellbeing, just as by proactively improving its OH&S execution.
Why ISO 45001 Certification?
The inception of 45001 is no less than a celebration for safety and health professionals. The standard provides a formidable opportunity for safety and health standards to be enhanced across different organizations in any given sector.
Benefits of ISO 45001:2018
ISO 45001 improves the working environment and diminishes the risks to illness, incidents & accidents at the workplace. It also encourages a wholesome security culture inside the working environment. Businesses can expect an expansion in profitability and a diminished expense of protection premiums. Besides, this can improve their reputation and advance a positive staff spirit in general.
Who will adopt this system?
ISO 45001:2018 is applicable to any organization irrespective of its size, type and activities. It is appropriate to the OH&S hazards under the association's control, considering variables, for example, the setting wherein the association works and the requirements and desires for its specialists and other invested individuals.
Difference between OHSAS 18001 & ISO 45001
ISO 45001 is process-based whereas OHSAS 18001 is procedure-based. ISO 45001 is dynamic in all clauses and OHSAS 18001 is not. ISO 45001 considers both risk and opportunities whereas OHSAS 18001 deals exclusively with risk. ISO 45001 includes the views of interested parties and OHSAS 18001 does not.
How to implement 45001?
Get the required support of the management
Understand the requirements from the legal perspective, essentially, look at the different safety and health laws from an International and National perspective.
Define the scopes of the OH&S system whether it is for your entire company or just a branch at one specific location.
Implement the different procedures by first understanding the current system and engaging with stakeholders.
Provide regular training sessions for the employees and make them aware of the process.
Choose the body of certification, and make sure to choose one that has certified multiple companies, preferably from your industry in the past.
Keep improving your system, do audits, reviews and take necessary corrective actions.