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ACS Registrars is one of the initial 20 Certification Bodies (CBs) in the UK to successfully complete their migration from OHSAS 18001 and be granted UKAS Accreditation.

ACS Registrars are pleased to announce that we can now provide UKAS Accredited ISO 45001 Certification to any organisation wishing to migrate from OHSAS 18001:2007 or to gain ISO 45001 Certification.

UKAS Accreditation
UKAS is the only UK National Accreditation Body recognised by the UK Government and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

Our UKAS Accreditation demonstrates that we have been assessed against internationally recognised standards, ensuring our competence, impartiality and integrity. You can therefore be confident in the knowledge that we are regularly audited ourselves, to ensure our compliance. http://www.acsregistrars.com/2017/11/08/is-your-iso-certification-ukas-accredited

As an International Accreditation Forum (IAF) member, UKAS Accreditation is recognised internationally. Obtaining ISO 45001 through a UKAS Accredited CB will make sure your hard-earned Certification is recognised internationally by all your customers.

Health-and-safety-proceduresISO 45001:2018
Your current Certification to OHSAS 18001:2007 remains valid during the migration period up to 12th March 2021 when this Certification will be withdrawn.

When your next Audit is due, you can choose to either maintain your existing OHSAS 18001:2007 Certification (if you think you need more time to make the necessary adjustments to your management systems), or you can migrate to ISO 45001.

Clients wishing to migrate to ISO 45001 as soon as their next Audit is due can start getting their organisation ready for the new standard by:
  • Obtaining a copy of the new standard and researching the significant changes.
  • Developing a plan for training and awareness to all relevant management levels.
  • Improving your risk management planning.
  • Considering a gap analysis to identify changes required.
  • Involving top management to take accountability for the management system.
  • Thinking about integrating other management system standards in line with ANNEX SL.
One of the significant changes to the standard is the ability to integrate with other ISO standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. ANNEX SL provides a common structure for smoother and quicker integration.

Risk management is another area enhanced under the new structure to improve the health and safety of your workforce by establishing a culture of risk-based thinking throughout the organisation.

For more information visit our website http://www.acsregistrars.com/ohsas-18001 or call 0121 241 2299
 
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.
 
 
ISO 45001 is the new international standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S).
The standard enables organisations to manage their risks and improve performance to minimise the effects their operations could have on employees, contractors or visitors.

OHSAS18001The International Labour Organisation estimated that there were 2.34 million deaths in 2013 related to work based activities. By improving the health and safety of its employees, organisations can benefit from improvements in productivity, employee motivation and, in some cases, can obtain lower insurance premiums by reducing risks.

The new standard is currently under review and publication is expected around the end of 2016.

ISO 45001
ISO 45001 is the first internationally recognised standard for OH&S that can be applied to all types of organisation.  

ISO 45001 is intended to be integrated into an organisations existing management systems and processes. With this in mind, the new standard will use Annex SL which is included in other ISO standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

Annex SL is the new high level structure for the recently updated ISO management system standards that provides common terminology to make integration easier to achieve.

The aim is to tailor the OH&S management system to the needs of the organisation. For example, high risk businesses will need to implement a more detailed system to prevent injuries and ill-health in their workplace compared to smaller or low risk businesses. Employee participation will be encouraged in the implementation and maintenance of the system to ensure risks are managed effectively.

Benefits of ISO 45001
Achieving ISO 45001 certification brings a host of benefits to an organisation and its employees:
  • Improves productivity by reducing downtime
  • Reputation for safety
  • Employee involvement in OH&S
  • Better awareness of risks
  • Cost savings
  • Meets legal obligations
Whether you are already certified for OHSAS 18001 or are thinking about certification to the new ISO 45001 standard, call us to find out more.

 
ISO_CertificationCertification to any of the ISO standards provides tangible benefits for your organisation. If you want to grow your business, increase profits and operate more efficient working practices, achieving certification will help, as well as giving you an edge over your competitors.

Whether you operate locally or globally, the standards are recognised worldwide and are relevant to all sizes of business.

Other benefits include:
  • Improved internal processes and efficiency
  • Reduced waste resulting in environmental benefits and cost savings
  • Increased sales
  • Better access to new markets
  • Industry expert consultants providing guidance

Next steps

When choosing a certification body, it is worth pointing out that you should check they are UKAS accredited. UKAS has government recognition and is licensed by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). You can be sure to receive the most appropriate advice by choosing a UKAS accredited certification body. Your long-term success could be undermined if you use an independent evaluation service.

Continual improvement

After successfully completing your first audit, your assessor will set up a process to monitor and improve systems and arrange regular (six monthly or annual) surveillance visits.

These visits will ensure your management systems remain effective and continue to meet the standard.
Ongoing checks will help to maintain your conformity and make your next certification renewal assessment run as smoothly as possible.

To find out more call ACS Registrars (a UKAS Accredited Certification Body - No. 0229).

 
Recent events have again focused attention on workplace health and safety, as investigators from the Health and Safety Executive have been questioning the owners and employees about a specific high-profile accident.

The latest statistics from the HSE website make grim reading:

•    1.2 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
•    2,538 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2013)
•    142 workers killed at work (2014/15)
•    78,000 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
•    629,000 injuries at work from the Labour Force Survey
•    28.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
•    £14.2 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2012/13)

("Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence". http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics)

OHSAS_StatsIf you are found guilty of health and safety offences in a magistrate's court, you could face fines of up to £20,000 and/or up to 12 months imprisonment. Conviction in a Crown Court can result in an unlimited fine and/or a period of imprisonment of up to two years.

Limit your risks and protect your employees
OHSAS 8001 is the internationally recognised management system for assessing and auditing occupational health and safety.

Achieving OHSAS 8001 will help protect your employees from work related illness or injury and help to ensure they don’t add to the above figures.

Benefits of OHSAS 8001 certification include:

•    Keeps your company up to date with the latest regulations.
•    Limits the risk of prosecutions and fines.
•    Confirms your commitment to the health and safety of your employees.
•    Improves your company’s reputation with existing customers and when tendering for new business.
•    Increases employee morale.

By implementing a robust management system you will minimise the risk of prosecution and improve productivity by reducing potentially expensive disruptions.

The standard applies to all industries and all sizes of business. For more information, call us to discuss the certification process.

 

OHSAS_18001_health_and_safetyLooking for a way of improving employee relations and increasing your organisations profits?


Organisations of all sizes and in all sectors have a duty to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all of their employees. In some sectors, occupational health and safety goes beyond being just a moral requirement; there are also legal obligations that must be met.


Improving working conditions by identifying hazards in the workplace and reducing accidents can provide financial benefits to organisations by increasing productivity, reducing staff turnover and improving motivation.


BS OHSAS 18001 certification provides an effective solution if you    want to implement a safety management system that will provide a long term process for identifying hazards, minimising risks and improving the safety of employees.


OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) is an internationally recognised standard that enables organisations to assess and audit occupational health and safety management systems.


OHSAS 18001 benefits of certification include:

  • Hazard identification
  • Risk assessment
  • Improved working conditions
  • Reduced work related accidents
  • Increased productivity
  • Less absenteeism
  • Increased customer confidence
  • Meet legal obligations
  • Internationally recognised


Continual assessments
Maintaining your health and safety management system by regular audits and reviews ensures the process remains robust, up to date and incorporates sector best practice. The system is maintained by keeping records, controlling documentation, staff training and performance reviews.


If you are committed to the welfare of your employees and want to maintain your competitive edge in a global marketplace, achieving ISO 18001 certification provides an effective management system. It can also be integrated with other standards such as ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environmental).