DQS Inc. ISO 45001 Changes FAQ

efield | April 23, 2018

The ISO 45001 standard will help organizations reduce the burden of occupational injuries and diseases by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.


How long will OHSAS 18001 customers have to upgrade?

All certificates to OHSAS 18001 will expire March 12, 2021.


Will I be able to register to OHSAS 18001?

Yes, but only for a short time period. The standard is going to be withdrawn. DQS will cease new registrations to the OHSAS 18001 standard after March 12, 2020.


When was it released?

March 12, 2018


When will DQS be able to issue accredited certificates?

An application is being submitted to our accreditor ANAB in April. Upon approval from ANAB, we will be able to issue certificates.


Who do we count in Manday Calculation?

Revised procedures specify to include contractors/subcontractors personnel performing work or work-related activities that are under the control or influence of the organization, which can influence the organizations OHSAS performance. Employees working from home, in the field or offsite, can certainly affect OHSAS performance. Whereas in the past, sometimes we didn’t count them, now we must.


Will we need a stage 1 or readiness review?

A new readiness review will not be required for companies upgrading from an existing, integrated ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 management system, provided the company had a readiness review or stage 1 with DQS Inc. to upgrade to ISO 14001:2015, where the health & safety processes were identified.

New registrations or transfers will still require a formal stage 1


When must upgrade audits be completed by?

December 31, 2020


Does it make any sense to add a 45K certification to an organization that is already RC 14001 certified?

It depends on your business needs. Whereas many of the requirements in OHSAS standard appear in the RC standards, essentially, the RC standard is considered to be an environmental standard. Being registered to RC 14001 doesn’t necessarily mean that all the requirements of ISO 45001 are addressed. It is up to the business to decide if they want to add ISO 45001. If they choose to, it is designed to integrate well with the current versions of RC14001 and ISO14001.


Can the context of the organization be the same or similar to the context of the QMS?

Yes, it certainly can, and in many cases, will. Depending on how you’ve defined your QMS, of course. A single site building for example, with boundaries defined as the property lines, and all activities contained therein may have the same context for QMS, EMS, and OHSAS.


There is a strong position given to workers in the standard, why?

In order for an OHSAS to be strong and healthy, everyone in the organization must feel that he or she shares some responsibility for maintaining a safe environment. This includes employees all the way up to executives.

The new standard recognizes the value of worker consultation in the development of better OHSAS practices and places greater emphasis on employees actively participating in the development planning, implementation and continual improvement of the OHSAS management system.


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