OHSAS 18001 has been withdrawn and has been replaced with ISO 45001 – the new international standard for occupational health and safety management.
OHSAS 18001 is the name of the previous health and safety standard which has now been replaced by ISO 45001. This internationally recognised standard remains similar to OHSAS 18001 in its fundamental principles but has been redesigned and improved to include a stronger emphasis on leadership, improved working environments and a focus on all aspects of health, including mental health.
What Was OHSAS 18001?
This important framework allowed businesses to consistently identify and control their Health and Safety risks, reducing the potential for accidents and legal issues, and improving overall performance.
Some of the benefits of THE OHSAS 18001 standard included;
- Reduced risk of accidents and lower staff absence
- Reduced risk of citations and penalties
- Policy-driven performance improvements
- Compliance with Health and Safety legislation
- Potential reduced insurance premiums
- Increased access to new customers through an improved corporate image and reputation
- Increased staff awareness of Health and Safety
OHSAS 18001 Has Now Been Replaced By ISO 45001
The first global standard for health and safety management ISO 45001 was finally published on the 12th of March 2018 and was a cause for celebration for health and safety professionals across the UK.
The ISO 45001 has been designed to integrate with other ISO management systems standards, ensuring a high level of compatibility with the new versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
For organisations who previously had OHSAS 18001, we have been working to help them migrate over to the new and improved standard making the transition as seamless as possible.
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Do I Need ISO 45001 Certification?
In almost any business it makes sense to establish a safety management system. Failure to have a robust health and safety system in place can lead to a wide range of potential issues slipping through the net such as accidents and injuries which can cost a company a great deal in repairs and settlements not to mention the damage that can be done to a reputation.
ISO 45001 certification is intended to help businesses control their occupational Health and Safety risks and has fully replaced OHSAS 18001 which is no longer in place.
A safety management system such as ISO 45001 accreditation is the end goal for any business that cares about health and safety in the workplace.
ISO Certification Specialists
At JR Consultants we work with our clients to design, document, implement and operate a simple Health and Safety management system based on ISO 45001 certification that meets all the requirements. Our expert team can design the system around your existing Health and Safety practices wherever possible, including the completion of risk assessments as necessary, with the main emphasis placed on compliance with ISO 45001.
We will help you to identify the areas of your business which do not comply to the standard and adjust, improve and restructure them where required with minimal disruption to your operation.
After the system has been implemented, we will recommend you for the initial audit visit from an external assessment body, followed by a full system audit by one of our own auditors.
For more information about our ISO 45001 certification services, please contact us.
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