ISO 45001 – Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

Modern health and safety issues are the top worries for the majority of organisations.

The complete International Standard ISO 45001 was issued in March 2018 by the International Organisation for Standardisation. A comprehensive Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) was established under the new standard in order to offer a useful framework for handling OH&S opportunities and hazards.

The main objectives of ISO 45001 are operational controls, risk assessment and hazard identification, and risk and opportunity identification. This standard is intended to support organisations in implementing an OHSMS to proactively avoid injury and harm to health, regardless of size or industry. The standard’s requirements were streamlined to make it simple to integrate into an organization’s management and business processes, as well as with other ISO standards.

An OHSMS can provide businesses the structure they need to deal with “communicable diseases” like the coronavirus. Risk assessments and related procedures that take into account relevant legal and other requirements—such as travel restrictions, workplace policies, employee health screenings, training, exposure reporting, etc.—address relevant biological hazards. Employers are required to abide by these requirements, whether they come from the organisation or from outside sources. The standard’s requirements include organised procedures for risk management, legal compliance, encouraging safe work practises, assessing occupational health and safety performance, and ongoing improvement.

The Transition from OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001:2018

OHSAS 18001 was replaced by ISO 45001, published by the International Organization for Standardization. Organizations certified to BS OHSAS 18001:2007 had until September 2021 to migrate to ISO 45001:2018, which reflected a 6-month extension due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

IPCS professionals have the experience and expertise needed to ensure a smooth migration to ISO 45001.