New ISO 45001 Standard

What is 45001?

ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance is the new ISO standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S). It has become one of the most eagerly awaited standards in the world.

Given that ISO 45001 will become part of the business norm, regardless of whether organisations choose to adopt it or not, it’s important for companies to stay abreast of the latest developments.

While ISO 45001 draws on OHSAS 18001 – the former benchmark for OH&S – it is a new and distinct standard, not a revision or update, and OHSAS 18001 is due to be phased out gradually over the next three years and withdrawn in March 2021. Organisations will therefore need to revise their current thinking and work practices in order to maintain organisational compliance.

I am certified to OHSAS 18001; how do I begin the migration to ISO 45001?

When migrating from OHSAS 18001, several steps must be taken to “prepare the ground”, so to speak, before the new management system itself can be established. Start now by familiarising yourself with the contents and requirements of ISO 45001:2018 and obtain a licenced copy of the new standard.

We can help you during the migration period with an assessment of your management system against the requirements of the new standard to identify the gaps that need to be addressed. This will provide useful input on your readiness and to your process for complying with the new standard. The level of detail of such an assessment can be tailored to your needs.

For more information

Contact your client manager for further information on your migration to ISO 45001. Working with RSI you can complete your migration to ISO 45001 before the withdrawal of BS OSHAS 18001 in March 2021. For the proper planning and scheduling of a migration audit, it is beneficial that this is agreed on as early as possible.

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