SGS says ISO 45001 version to replace OHSAS 18001:2007

SWITZERLAND – SGS, a global company for inspection, verification, testing and certification has said that they were expecting final publication of ISO 45001:2018 in March 2018.

According to the company, this new version was set to replace OHSAS as the globally recognized occupational health and safety management system certification standard.

Due to its importance in promoting the overall health and safety performance both for employees and the company, ISO 45001:2018 will have a migration period of 3 years to give organisations an ample time to align with its requirements.

The standard is a good tool in health and safety management as it attracts attention from both internal and external stakeholders to look into the overall risk control strategies.

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It is essential in strategizing and adopting an occupational and health management system relating to its importance to the overall performance of the organisation.

ISO 45001 stipulates new requirements that need to be implemented by organisation.

Although it borrows some aspects from the OHSAS system, it renames and repositions some Occupational Health and Safety Management System activities and procedures.

In the new version, the term ‘documented information’ has been used to replace the terms ‘documented procedure’ and ‘record’ used in OHSAS 18001:2007, to give emphasis on information that needs to be controlled and maintained by an organization.

It puts into consideration the organizational context which combines internal and external factors and conditions that can affect the approach of the business in implementing the health and safety requirements.

For the company to realize profitable operation and good performance, there is need to consider the risks, opportunities arising and their impacts in a way to formulate affirmative actions to mitigate them.

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ISO 45001:2018 eliminates the need for a Management Representative to ensure that management of the OHSMS is not solely focused on an individual but on leadership, at the same time engaging direct participation from top management.

In addition to OHSAS 18001:2007 requirements, the system proposes specific requirements when planning, implementing and developing an OHSMS, adopting a risk-based approach when developing and implementing an OHSMS, identification of the awareness and competence necessary for workers.

The company noted that organisations already accredited for OHSAS 18001:2007 need not to change their existing OHSMS procedures and document structure, or the terminology they use to reflect the ISO 45001:2018 requirements.

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