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New ISO 45001:2018
The new ISO 45001 standard came into force on 12 March 2018. It replaces the current BS OHSAS 18001.
Although the two standards are largely congruent, the new standard brings with it some changes:
Introduction of the high-level structure analogous to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015: The structure of the standards will be identical for all management systems and thus offers simplifications in the implementation and maintenance of integrated management systems. Adaptation of the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model, which provides organizations with a framework to minimize risks. With the explicit emphasis on a risk-based approach, ISO 45001 is moving even closer to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. The new standard integrates the requirements of interested parties and the company's environment more closely into requirements for the management system. The context of the organization and the involvement of stakeholders are the decisive keywords here. Through the context of the organization, organizations should also deal with working conditions that are outside the direct sphere of influence, such as cooperation with subcontractors and suppliers. The supply and purchasing guidelines should address all influences on any person who works for the organisation, produces goods or provides services. Extension of the responsibility of top management with simultaneous involvement of all employees in the achievement of OH&S goals. Strong requirement to address compliance with legal and regulatory obligations within the overall management system.
ISO 45001 does not define specific KPIs for occupational health and safety. Instead, a continuous improvement of those KPIs is demanded which an organization has set itself.
Attention deadlines! The validity of the existing certificates ends on 11 March 2021 at the latest!
The new standard was published in March: therefore it is already possible today to certify according to the new standard.
But what if a recertification is imminent but you are not yet ready for the new standards?
For the transitional period, certifications according to the old status of the standard are still permitted, but then with a shorter term - until March 11, 2021 at the latest.
All certifications according to the new ISO 45001:2018 will have their usual validity: exactly three years after completion of certification.
The additional time required:
The conversion to the new standard amendment has to be considered with an additional expenditure of time in a recertification or surveillance audit with at least 1 audit day on site.