Global trade brings new health and safety challenges that have increased the demand for an international OH&S management system standard. In March 2018, the International Organization for Standardization published the comprehensive International Standard ISO 45001. The new standard created a complete Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OH&S Management) with the intent of providing a meaningful framework for managing OH&S risks and opportunities.
ISO 45001 focuses on identifying risks and opportunities, in addition to hazard identification, risk assessment, and controls, as specified in OHSAS 18001. This new standard is designed to help organizations, regardless of size or industry, implement systems to proactively prevent injury and harm to health. Requirements of the standard were simplified to enable easy integration with other ISO standards and into an organization’s management and business processes.
Specifications of the standard offer systematic processes for managing risk, regulatory compliance, promotion of safe work practices, evaluation of occupational health and safety performance, and continual improvement.
Integrating responsibility for health and safety issues as part of an organization’s overall management system improves leadership and worker engagement, leading to enhanced occupational health and safety performance. An effective, integrated business management system creates streamlined processes, making it significantly easier and more cost-effective to manage health and safety risks, while realizing the benefits of minimizing and avoiding liabilities and associated costs, which can bring about competitive advantage.
OHSAS 18001 is being replaced by ISO 45001, which was published in March 2018 by the International Organization for Standardization. Organizations certified to BS OHSAS 18001 must migrate to ISO 45001 prior to March 2021 if they want to retain a recognized OH&S certification.
Intertek professionals have the experience and expertise needed to ensure a smooth migration to ISO 45001.
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