Occupational Health and Safety – ISO45001/OHSAS18001

 What is ISO45001 (formerly OHSAS18001)

ISO45001 (which replaces OHSAS18001) is the world’s foremost recognised health and safety management model.

Who uses ISO45001/OHSAS18001?

ISO45001/OHSAS18001 is applicable to all organisations from service to manufacturing and from micro-organisations to large multi-nationals.  In fact, any organisation which is seeking to reduce its health and safety risk, reduce accidents, reduce ill-health and assure its customers that it fully complies with all H&S legislation can benefit from implementing a certified management system.

Why implement ISO45001/OHSAS18001?

Implementing a certified OHS (occupational health and safety) management system provides a range of benefits including:

  • assurance to external stakeholders such as customers, the community and regulators
  • potential savings in the cost of lost time due to accidents and ill health
  • increased competitiveness among industry rivals
  • meets the requirements for public and private tenders
  • reduced potential for health and safety liability and fines
  • helps ensure health and safety compliance
  • improved employee motivation through the provision of a safe work place

 Is it compatible with other standards?

ISO45001 is based on a structure called Annex SL and is fully compatible with ISO9001 (quality management) and ISO14001 (environmental). What this means is that 3 systems can be seamlessly implemented together into a single integrated management system. Similarly, ISO9001 or ISO14001 can be easily integrated into an existing ISO45001 OHS management system.

Migration Policy (OHSAS18001:2007 to ISO45001:2018) (updated March 2018)

ISO45001:2018 was published on March 12th, 2018. There now follows a 3-year migration period where both ISO45001:2018 and OHSAS18001:2007 co-exist. During this period of co-existence (up to March 11th, 2021) existing and new clients may be audited and certified to either version of the standard as follows:

  1. New clients opting for certification to ISO45001:2018 during this period will be issued with 3-year certificates following a successful audit.
  2. New clients opting for certification to OHSAS18001:2007 may only do so up to September 11th, 2020. All certificates issued during this period will have an expiry date of March 11th, 2021, regardless of the date of certification. In order to maintain certification after March 11th, 2021, clients will be required to undergo audits to migrate to ISO45001:2018, regardless of the date of their previous audit (see “3” below).
  3. Clients who are certified to OHSAS18001:2007 wishing to gain certification to ISO45001:2018 during this period have 2 options:
    • Migrate to ISO45001 at the next scheduled reassessment date, within the migration period. Note that a minimum of 1 auditor day will be added to the reassessment audit duration to cover the new requirements of ISO45001:2018.
    • Migrate to ISO45001 at 1 of the surveillance audit dates within the migration period. This option will require additional time to be allocated to the audit duration to address the new requirements of ISO45001:2018 (typically these special surveillance audits will be of the same duration as a reassessment audit, taking into account the additional time also required in the point directly above.
  4. Already certified clients wishing to remain certified to OHSAS18001:2007 during this period may do so. Any new certificates issued during this period will have an expiry date of March 11th, 2021, regardless of the date of issue of the certificate. No new OHSAS18001:2007 certificates will be issued after September 12th, 2020.

In order to maintain certification after March 12th, 2021, these clients will be required to undergo audits to migrate to ISO45001:2018, regardless of the date of their previous audit (see “3” above).

Certified clients must maintain conformity with OHSAS18001:2007 during the migration period.

Clients may not claim certification to ISO45001:2018 until they have been audited and issued with the appropriate ISO45001:2018 certification.