ISO 45001 Safety Management Systems and Plans is an ISO standard for management systems of occupational health and safety (OH&S), published in March 2018. The goal of ISO 45001 is the reduction of occupational injuries and diseases.
The difference between ISO 45001:2018 and OHSAS 18001-
ISO 45001 is intended to replace OHSAS 18001, currently the most widely adopted workplace health and safety standard. At the same time,
ISO has been clear that even though ISO 45001 uses key concepts from OHSAS 18001, it is its own separate standard and not an update.
ISO points out key differences of ISO 45001 compared to OHSAS 18001 such as:
- The new standard uses a process-based approach rather than a procedure-based approach.
- ISO 45001, like other ISO standards, requires understating the organization’s larger context and views of all interested parties.
- The need to integrate workplace health and safety into daily operations, rather than treating it as a standalone process.
While many organizations may not decide to formally certify to ISO 45001 Safety Management Systems and Plans, doing so does have certain benefits. For example, certification can:
- Send a
powerful signal to customers, employees, the public and other stakeholders that
you’re committed to workplace safety.
sure you’re in compliance with workplace health and safety laws and
reduce safety incidents and associated costs.
overall efficiency and quality of manufacturing processes.
Ensuring employees return safely home every day can truly transform a
business, from boosting employee morale to manufacturing efficiency to profits
and sustainability as a whole.
An ISO 45001 based OH&S management system will enable an
organisation to improve its OH&S performance by:
and implementing an OH&S policy and OH&S objectives
systematic processes which consider its “context” and which take into account
its risks and opportunities, and its legal and other requirements
the hazards and OH&S risks associated with its activities; seeking to
eliminate them, or putting in controls to minimize their potential effects
operational controls to manage its OH&S risks and its legal and other
awareness of its OH&S risks
its OH&S performance and seeking to improve it, through taking appropriate
workers take an active role in OH&S matters