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Understanding the new ISO 45001 OHS System

Thursday, 30 August 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ernest Roper
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Source: Presentation by Mr. Jerry Ramdunee from ICCASA

ISO 45001 is to supersede BS OHSAS 18001. As it stands, ISO 45001 shall enter into force in the period from the end of 2017 to the beginning of 2018. The standard revision from BS OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001 is expected to involve a three-year transition period. This means you have time to take a sensible and results-orientated approach to changing over your existing BS OHSAS 18001-certified occupational health and safety management system (OHSM system), culminating in the ISO 45001 certificate.


Understanding the New International Standard for Occupational Health & Safety


There was a worldwide need to harmonize health and safety management systems using an international standard and sharing best practices. This can be seen at local, national, regional and global levels – applying to both developing and developed countries. With an international standard to refer to, together with the right infrastructure and training, organizations will be able to address these risks better in future.


ISO 45001 is based on the new ISO High Level Structure (HLS) for management system standards which:

  • Integrates with other management systems
  • Provides an integrated approach to organizational management
  • Reflects the increasingly complex environments in which organizations operate
  • Enhance an organization’s ability to address their health & safety risks

On a global scale poor Health & Safety Management contributes to about:

  • 4.1 million workers suffer serious illness or injury yearly
  • Costs around 4% of the global GDP
  • 2.2 million workers lose their lives yearly

An international standard for occupational health & safety was needed to save lives, reduce accidents and improve employee morale.

ISO 45001 was developed considering the views of large and small organizations, government bodies, trades unions and worker representative organizations. To ensure the widest possible input is received from all stakeholders, ISO made the current committee draft available to the public and all stakeholders for comment.

How will the new standard benefit organizations   ......... Read More (PDF download)

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