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We are pleased to announce the early transition of OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001:2018 during our recent audit, by integrating the new standard into our integrated PAS Manual.
ISO 45001:2018 was one of the most eagerly awaited international standards and is designed to improve levels of workplace safety, and employee health and wellbeing. It was released in March 2018 and organisations where given 3 years to transition to the new standard.
The OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 approach identifying, assessing and controlling risk, and enable Continual Improvement through risk reduction; one of the main changes and improvements to the standard is the increased emphasis on consultation and participation of workers. The new standard will help empower staff to prioritise safety and develop the health and safety culture within the business. Companies must ensure adequate resources for worker participation and training on incident reporting, investigations, risk assessment and other tasks. Directors must ensure communication objectives are defined and measured for their effectiveness; e.g., on policies, risks and hazards, etc.
ISO 45001 is process-based, whereas OHSAS 18001 was procedure-based; in addition, ISO 45001 focuses on risk and opportunities, as opposed to the OHSAS 18001 approach to just risk. Key changes to the standard include regulations and governance, as well as the Company’s culture and its impact on workers, customers, general public, etc.
ISO 45001 follows the same high-level structure (Annex SL) as other international standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001; its common structure to management system standards made it easier for us to incorporate ISO 45001 into our pre-existing management system and process through the PAS 99:2012 framework.
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