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ISO 45001 is the new occupational health and safety standard and organisations currently certified to the OHSAS 18001 standard should now be going through the migration process ready for their next audit.

OHSAS 18001 certification remains valid until 12th March 2021; after this date, certification will be withdrawn.

ISO_45001_standardThe new standard is well suited to the building and construction industry whether you are a large construction company or smaller SME. However, the standard will be used throughout all industry sectors to improve occupational health and safety for employees.

The new standard is ideal for organisations with building sites that have multiple subcontractors as well as direct employees on site. The framework of ISO 45001 will help you to manage health and safety, identify risks and reduce hazards. Management of subcontractors can be coordinated in line with an integrated occupational health and safety plan for all parties on site.

ISO 45001 is part of the set of ISO standards such as ISO 9001, the widely recognised quality management system, or ISO 14001 environmental management system. Any organisation already certified to these most popular standards will find the integration of ISO 45001 far simpler because of the Annex SL framework. This provides a standardised framework across many of the ISO standards to save time and resources during the certification process.

Worker safety is paramount
Ill health, stress and injury statistics in construction are some of the highest across all industry sectors.
According to HSE figures for 2016/2017 construction sector in Great Britain:
  • 80,000 workers are suffering from work related ill health each year (LFS).
  • 30 fatal injuries to workers in 2016/2017 (RIDDOR).
  • 64,000 non-fatal injuries to workers each year (LFS).
Source from http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/industry/construction/index.htm

Benefits of ISO 45001 certification to your business
This globally recognised ISO standard with third party verification will help companies win new business by demonstrating to clients that they comply with legal requirements and are committed to making the workplace a safer environment. Some clients may even make it a requirement when tendering for business.

ISO 45001 provides a framework for continuous improvement to manage health and safety and identify hazards for future projects.

If you need help with migration from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001 or are thinking of gaining certification to the new standard, one of our team of lead auditors will be able to tell you more about the process.
The current OHSAS 18001 standard that provides an internationally recognised health and safety management system is being revised and incorporated into the new ISO 45001 standard.

Development of the new standard is getting close to completion with the final publication expected in the first half of 2018.

Health-and-Safety-to-businessOne of the advantages of moving to the ISO set of standards is that it will fall in line with the other generic management systems ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, both of which have recently been revised to provide a new high-level structure/format.

This will aid integration for businesses requiring multiple ISO standards certification.

Health and safety figures recently published by HSE (Health and Safety Executive) demonstrate the importance of having a robust health and safety management system in place.

Key figures for Great Britain (2016/17)
  • 1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
  • 2,542 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2015)
  • 137 workers killed at work
  • 609,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
  • 70,116 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
  • 31.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • £14.9 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2015/16)
Above taken from http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/

Benefits of ISO 45001 certification

•    Improved productivity with fewer disruptions through absenteeism
•    Better employee relations
•    Reduced insurance premiums
•    Lower costs connected with accidents in the workplace
•    Less risk of prosecution and HSE visits
•    Improved reputation with employees and stakeholders

Migration – what to do next
For organisations already certified to OHSAS 18001, we are expecting a 3-year migration period to enable them to update their systems to the new standard. If you have recently transitioned to ISO 9001:2015 or ISO 14001:2015, you will be familiar with the new format. This uses Annex SL to provide a common structure for smoother and quicker integration of multiple standards.

Once the new standard is published, one of the first tasks we would recommend is a gap analysis to identify the changes you will need to make to your management systems to meet the new standard.

Starting early will give you plenty of time to change current processes before you have to achieve certification to the new standard.

We will keep you informed of progress and if you need any information leading up to publication of the new standard, please call our office.