ISO 45001 is set to replace OHSAS 18001:2007, the international standard for occupational health and safety, towards the end of 2017. We take a closer look at the standard and the current timeline for it’s release.
Why is OHSAS 18001 changing to ISO 45001?
ISO are developing a new standard for occupational health & safety – ISO 45001 which will have the aim of helping organisations that currently use OHSAS 18001 further minimise the burden of work related accidents.
It will aim to do this by providing a framework that will improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, for workers all over the world.
The standard will align with other ISO management system standards like ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management) and will use the Annex SL framework. This will make it easier for organisations that use all three standards to integrate their management systems and become more efficient with their audits.
Who Needs ISO 45001?
The standard can be used by any organisation, no matter what the size of the company or the nature of its work. The standard can also be integrated into other health and safety programmes and will address the majority of legal requirements within this area.
When will ISO 45001 be available?
The standard was originally expected to replace OHSAS 18001:2007 in October 2016 however due to the complexity of legislation and the seriousness of workplace health and safety incidents the publication of the new standard has been hit by delays. ISO 45001 is now set to be published in December 2017.
Watch our short video for a quick explanation of ISO 45001 and the proposed timeline.
What Can I Do Now?
If your organisation is currently certified to OHSAS 18001 then you need to ensure that you stay aware of the changes as they happen. As soon as the standard has been published we will be running ISO 45001 transition training and more information on courses will be released later this year. You can sign up to our newsletter to make sure you stay up to date with the latest information on the ISO 45001 transition and any future training options.