ISO 45001

What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is the long-awaited and ‘world’s first’ International Occupational Health & Safety standard. The standard has been developed by a committee of Occupational Health & Safety experts that developed a framework that will continually improve and create safer working conditions all over the world.

Is it similar to the structure of other ISO standards?

Yes. The same Annex SL framework usedin the revised editions such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 is usedin ISO 45001. It follows the same management system approaches – the same core texts and terms and definitions. If you’re familiar with the 2015 edition of ISO 9001 & ISO 14001,then much of ISO 45001 will seem familiar. 

How does it differ from OHSAS 18001?

ISO 45001 it is not a revision of OHSAS 18001. There are many and much-improved differences.

18001 focuses on managing potential health and safety hazards.

ISO 45001 focuses on the interaction between the organisation and its business environment. 

18001 is procedure based. (Procedures are used by people to carry out a task that focuses on satisfying the rules).

ISO 45001 is processed based. (Processes make things happen regardless of people following procedures).

18001 deals exclusively with potential risks.

ISO 45001 considers both risks and opportunities.

18001 does not include the views of interested parties.

ISO 45001 does.

18001 is not dynamic (adapts to change and the changing context and improvements of the organisation)

ISO 45001 is dynamic in all clauses.

18001 does not ensure compliance of legislation worldwide

ISO 45001 does.

What are some of the benefits?

The benefits ofattaining ISO 45001 are far-reaching as ISO 45001 is an international benchmark.

  • Industry recognition for ensuring best operational practices in Occupational H & S.
  • Internationally recognised standard when tendering.
  • Potential reduction in insurance costs.
  • Improves employee awareness as all have a role as to OH&S in the workplace.
  • Protects workers.
  • Establishes controls to minimise risks.
  • Keeps you abreast of regulatory compliance.
  • Enforces best OH&S practices throughout the organisation.
  • Reduces incidents and therefore absenteeism.
  • Improves your organisation’s overall performance.

If I’m already certified to OHSAS 18001, how and when should I migrate to ISO 45001?

Although 18001 is still a valid standard,  it will be withdrawn in March 2021. Because ISO 45001 has the potential to be a real game-changer, organisations will be keen to migrate as soon as possible.  If you want to migrate to ISO 45001, you will need to conduct a gap analysis.

How and where do I start when conducting a gap analysis?

You can start by analysing interested parties such as those that can affect your organisation’s activities including workers and companies that are connected to your organisation. You will need to review both the internal and external factors, and how such factors may impact on your organisation.

Hazard identification is now covered by the term Risk identification. You will need to Identify risks and how such risks can be controlled through your management system.

The term Worker and Workplace have also changed in the context of ISO 45001. For example, The Worker is defined as the person working under the control of the organisation and includes subcontractors.

You will need to use this information to realise all the interconnections between the specific clauses. Conduct your risk evaluation and assessments and set key performance indicators to establish the processes.

At Crown Management we have highly experienced Occupational Health & Safety consultants who will be pleased to discuss the gap analysis with you.