ISO 45001 will be the new international standard for health and safety management systems that will eventually replace BS OHSAS 18001. Preparation of ISO 45001 by experts and interested parties on behalf of the International Standards Organisation is well underway. Contributors to the work, who come from many different international backgrounds, draw on the considerable benefits of their knowledge and experience and global lessons learned in health and safety management.
The first draft of ISO 45001 has now been produced and comments on its contents will be considered by the project committee of the International Standards Organisation. This will be likely to result in amendments to the present documentation before the final draft is produced.
The release of the next draft is currently expected to during 2015, with the final version of the new standard being issued in the autumn of 2016. However, the time schedule could slip and official updates on this are anticipated.
BS OHSAS 18001 has been a highly successful and well used management standard but it has been in circulation for almost 20 years. The International Standards Organisation considered it fitting to produce a refreshed, updated international standard for an increasingly prominent area of activity.
ISO 45001 is likely to be more compatible and more fully aligned with the quality management standard, ISO 9001, and the environmental management standard, ISO 14001. The aim is to enable organisations to integrate their management systems to produce increased efficiency and reduced cost and duplication of effort and resources. Integration of systems is possible at present but the proposed changes will result in new improvements.
ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 are also each currently under review and amended versions are likely to be issued in 2015.
What Will Be New About ISO 45001?
The International Standards Organisation has made it clear that the initial draft of ISO 45001 draws inspiration from the existing standard, BS OHSAS 18001 but that it will offer a change of focus in certain areas.
ISO 45001 will encourage an organisation to consider itself from the wider point of view of customers, suppliers and the local neighbourhood as opposed to a more narrow focus on its own in-house people and activities.
Of course, in aiming for success in achieving their goals, many organisations will already be taking this type of approach and will have adopted a wider view in implementing their existing management systems. Many organisations view themselves and their operations in the context of the community in general and seek to demonstrate their awareness and a highly responsible approach.
ISO 45001 will also seek to place greater emphasis on the leadership roles and involvement of senior managers and the need for the integration of health and safety processes within the overall management of the organisation. Again, many top managers will already be taking this approach.
How Will ISO 45001 Affect Organisations With BS OHSAS 18001?
Organisations that are already certified or considering certification to the current occupational health & safety management standard, BS OHSAS 18001, are advised to continue with their existing systems or their proposals to implement a new system.
Advice and support will be available with regard to transition to ISO 45001 when the issue of the new standard approaches. There will be plenty of prior warning of the introduction of the new standard, which is not expected until autumn 2016, and there will be further time available for transition. In the meantime, BS OHSAS 8001 remains valid.
A Quick Reminder of the Purpose and Benefits of a Health and Safety Management System
A formal occupational health & safety management system assists an organisation in managing risks and in complying with relevant legislation and regulations, covering aspects that include:
- Planning how to deal with potential hazards in the workplace.
- Assessing and controlling health and safety risks.
- Defining objectives for a health and safety management programme.
- Defining management and operational responsibilities.
- Ensuring the delivery of awareness training.
- Ensuring that staff are competent in the relevant processes.
- Consulting and communicating with the workforce on health and safety management issues.
- Preparing for and responding to emergency incidents at work.
- Monitoring, reviewing and assessing effective performance with the aim of continuous improvement.
An occupational health & safety management system benefits an organisation by enabling it to:
- Improve efficiency and compliance and the effective and lawful management of health and safety issues.
- Reduce costs by working more effectively and avoiding risks that could lead to legal liability, disruption and adverse publicity.
- Achieve increased confidence amongst existing and potential employees, customers and suppliers, making the organisation more likely to realise its aims and win sales by passing more selection processes.
- Identify opportunities for good publicity.
- Build an enhanced reputation and a refreshed culture.
- Demonstrate a high level of awareness and responsibility in its market place and local community.
- Gain peace of mind and a clear focus on current success and future development.
How Touchstone Renard Can Help Your Organisation
Since the 1990s, we have successfully helped organisations of all types and sizes, across the private and public sectors, design and set up new or improved management systems.
Our friendly, professional and experienced team at Touchstone Renard will support any organisation in achieving and maintaining an occupational health & safety management system through to certification to BS OHSAS 18001 at present and, later, through the transition to ISO 45001, when the new standard is introduced.
We can provide the support needed while enabling our clients to continue with the smooth operation of their organisations without disruption to their day to day activities.
If an organisation already has a management system in place or wishes to do most of the work itself to achieve certification, we can offer the minimum level of support at low cost if that is all that is required. An increased level of help can be offered to clients who would welcome more assistance from us.
Our services can include any or all of the steps required to help an organisation design, document, install and monitor the policies and procedures that it will need to achieve a standard or an integrated management system. We can also offer awareness training and ‘dry run’ assessments, prior to formal assessment by an independent body.
Once certification has been achieved, we can provide future support in maintaining the system to the requirements of the standard to ensure that recertification continues to be obtained.
We can offer the services of a consultant to work with you on an ad hoc or regular basis to keep a management system updated and running smoothly and help plan and implement any changes required.
For any organisation with certification to BS OHSAS 18001, we will be able to advise on the adjustments necessary and assist the process of certification to ISO 45001.
We can also support the design and implementation of an integrated management system, including integration between health and safety management, quality management (ISO 9001) and / or environmental management (ISO 14001).
No assignment is too small or large for us and every client organisation that engages our services receives a free copy of the relevant standard.
Please Contact Us For Support With Implementing An Occupational Health and Safety Management System, or For News and Updates About ISO 45001
If you would welcome a discussion about occupational health & safety management and how the implementation of a management system could benefit your organisation, we would be pleased to hear from you and have a discussion about your organisation and its needs.
If you would like further information, we will be pleased to let you know how the proposed new standard, ISO 45001 is progressing, including likely time scales for its release, its implications for your organisation and transition from BS OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001.
Please contact Phil Austin, Managing Director, without any obligation:
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