Transition to ISO 45001

Posted by Jon Passmore


What is BS OHSAS 18001?

The widely used British Standard OHSAS 18001 is set to be replaced by the new International Standard for Occupation Health and Safety Management System, which will be called ISO 45001. As it stands, the OHAS 18001 framework establishes the minimum requirements in terms of regulations, procedures and controls that are needed for your business to operate in the best possible working conditions. Internationally recognised best practices will result in greater returns and benefits for your employees, your organisation and your customers.

Benefits of OHAS 18001 are as follows:

Improved health & safety performance within your organisation

  • Recognition of potential hazards
  • Minimisation of risk
  • Establishment of controls to reduce or eliminate hazards and risks
  • Reduction in accidents
  • Competitive advantage at tender
  • Reduction in company liability


What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is the new International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, and will replace OHSAS 18001 in 2017/2018. If your organisation is OHSAS 18001 certified, you will be expected to transition to ISO 45001 standards within three years of the new International Standard’s publication date. ISO 45001 will build on the foundations of OHSAS 18001, however it will also apply the new Annex SL template (the structure for a generic management system) which will bring its format in line with ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards.

Benefits of ISO 45001:

Improved alignment between your organisational strategic direction and your Occupational Health & Safety Management system
Increased focus on improving occupation health and safety performance
Minimise work related injuries; including ill health and death
Prevent OH&S risks
Improve effectiveness of OH&S management
Demonstrate CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)
Protect your brand image which drives brand reputation
Improved staff performance and employee motivation through consultation session and increased participation


What are the main changes?

You may be asking yourself, what’re the main changes involved with going from BS OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001, and how will these affect my business?

We’ve provided a summary of the key changes to give you a better understanding:

The use of a new higher level structure and annex SL (aligning it with the new 9001 and 14001 standards)
Greater importance placed on risk management
Requirement for senior management to demonstrate and commit to the standards through greater involvement and engagement
Utilise performance indicators (KPIs) to track improvement and progression
Improved strategic consideration of your organisations position in relation to internal and external factors and the needs and expectations of interested parties
Greater importance on the need to demonstrate compliance

How do I make the transition from BS OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001?

The transition from BS OHSOS 18001 to ISO 45001 is expected to be implemented by you within 3 years of its release (early 2018), guaranteeing you’ll have plenty of time to create the right implementation plan for your organisation and apply the new International Standards effectively.

At 2SB, we can help you introduce the new standard by providing consultancy and support services for your organisation. We will get to know you as a business, understand your needs, and design and implement the new ISO management system to ensure your organisation has a smooth transition. The way in which we approach the implementation will be entirely based on your business needs and tailored to suit your organisation. Our aim is to provide maximum staff training and support during the transition and implementation period to ensure you’re competent enough to not require additional support. That being said, we will support your throughout and beyond that time if you should feel you need additional training, guidance and provision.

We are committed to effectively implementing the new International Standards following the best practices, ensuring you have a clear understanding of the ISO 45001 framework and how it will affect and benefit your organisation.

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