DQS Inc. is pleased to be able to offer ANAB accredited certification to the new ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard.
On March 12, 2018, the new ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System standard was released. As the first Internationally recognized health and safety standard, ISO 45001 is designed to provide a single, clear framework for all organizations wishing to improve their OH&S performance. Directed at the top management of an organization, it aims to provide a safe and healthy workplace for employees and visitors.
According to ISO.org, there are many differences between this and other health and safety standards, such as BS OHSAS-18001, but the main change is that ISO 45001 concentrates on the interaction between an organization and its business environment while OHSAS 18001 was focused on managing OH&S hazards and other internal issues. But the standards also diverge in many other ways:
- ISO 45001 is process-based – OHSAS 18001 is procedure-based
- ISO 45001 is dynamic in all clauses – OHSAS 18001 is not
- ISO 45001 considers both risk and opportunities – OHSAS 18001 deals exclusively with risk
- ISO 45001 includes the views of interested parties – OHSAS 18001 does not
- ISO 45001 includes the ISO High Level Structure integrating well with ISO 45001 – OHSAS 18001 does not
These points represent a significant shift in the way health and safety management is perceived. OH&S is no longer treated as a “stand alone”, but must be viewed within the perspective of running a sound and sustainable organization. That being said, although the two standards differ in their approach, a management system established in accordance with OHSAS 18001 will be a solid platform for migrating to ISO 45001.
As one of the first few registrars to receive ANAB accreditation, DQS Inc auditors are ready to help you prepare for your migration or registration today. Contact us today for more information or to get started.