OHSAS 18001 certification remains valid until 12th March 2021; after this date, certification will be withdrawn.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