DQS Inc. ISO 45001 Changes FAQ

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 The standard is going to be withdrawn.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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ISO 45001 to be Published on March 12, 2018

Author: Candace Orbaugh, Sustainability Programs Manager


Five years after the decision to establish an international standard for occupational health and safety, ISO has now announced the approval of ISO 45001. The comprehensive revision of BS OHSAS 18001 didn’t just change its name; ISO 45001 has a High Level Structure providing uniform structure for all management systems standards.


ISO 45001 Info Series – Definitions

One feature of the ISO 45001 standard is that it includes some definitions that weren’t present in the old standard.

Worker: person performing work or work related activities that are controlled by the organization. This definition opens it up to include top management, managers, non-managers, contractors, temporary, agency workers, part-time, seasonal, paid or unpaid.


Participation: involvement in decision-making with further clarification as including engaging health and safety committees and workers’ representatives, where they exist. Consultation is defined as seeking views before making a decision including engaging health and safety committees and workers’ representatives, where they exist.


Objective: simply defined by the standard as “result to be achieved” is that an objective can be expressed in other ways, e.g. as an intended outcome, a purpose, an operational criterion, as an OH&S objective or by the use of other words with similar meaning (e.g. aim, goal, or target).


Occupational health and safety risk: the combination of the likelihood of occurrence of a work-related hazardous event or exposure and the severity of injury and ill health that can be caused by the event or exposure.


Injury and ill health: adverse effect on the physical, mental or cognitive condition of a person. These adverse effects include occupational disease, illness and death.


If your company is interested in a Gap Assessment please contact [email protected] Look for more posts about ISO 45001 on DQS’s website in the future.


Tentative Date for Publication of ISO 45001

For those of you eagerly awaiting news on the proposed Health and Safety standard, we recently received more information regarding the expected timing.

The members of this ISO Project Committee decided to first review key comments and then review the key issues to progress the work on the draft standard. Eight small task groups were established to resolve specific items, and the Secretariat was assigned to disposition the editorial comments after the meeting and hold the remaining technical comments for review when ISO 45001 will be revised.

Due to the number of technical changes made to the DIS text, it was decided that an FDIS stage would need to be completed. Now that the Secretariat has completed the disposition of the comments and the draft has been edited, it will be placed on the ISO servers for download by the ISO member national standards bodies for translation.

The usual two week translation period for an FDIS was extended to four weeks to comply with a request from AFNOR for an extended period due to the need to prepare the French translation. The FDIS ballot is scheduled to start on November 30 and end on January 25, 2018.

If the FDIS ballot is successful, there will be a short period of final preparation of the text before ISO 45001 is published in February 2018.

Update on ISO/DIS 45001

The first Draft International Standard (DIS) for Occupational Health and Safety, ISO/DIS 45001, has failed to gain the necessary votes needed for approval. The development of ISO 45001 will now advance to a second DIS, which is expected in December 2016 or early 2017.

Following the publication of the first DIS in February 2016, the International Committee met in Toronto in June 2016 to discuss over 3,000 comments that had been submitted during the ballot.  It was agreed at the closing plenary session to move to publication of a second DIS.

The next Project Committee meeting, which is scheduled for October 2016, will review the remaining comments submitted during the first DIS ballot and also finalize the content for the second DIS. The final standard publication is now anticipated to be released in the second half of 2017.

We will continue to bring you further information and updates on the development of ISO 45001 and its publication schedule as it becomes available.