ISO 45001’s Purpose is to Improve Health and Safety Performance – But It Takes Some Planning

As you may know ISO 45001 is here!  It was finalized and published in March of 2018.  But what is 45001?  It is an ISO standard for health and safety management systems (HSMS’s) that is designed to help organizations maintain a safe and healthy workplace, prevent ill health, manage an organization’s occupational health and safety (OHS) risks and opportunities, and continually improve the organization’s OHS performance.

Why is that important?  Along with certification to ISO 14001:2015 (ISO’s environmental management standard), certification to ISO 45001 serves as a commitment to the sustainability of the organization, its workers and other interested parties (e.g., investors, the local community).  This transparency of an organization helps to demonstrate its intentions and strategy in how the business conducts itself.  A commitment to OHS (occupational health and safety) carries a lot of weight with attracting talented workers, responsible customers, shareholders and others.

Now that ISO 45001:2018 is published, OHSAS 18001:2017 is being withdrawn, and organizations will no longer have the opportunity to become newly registered to the previous health and safety standard.  Organizations currently registered to OHSAS 18001:2007 have up to three years to transition to ISO 45001.  Organizations wanting to be newly registered will now only be able to register to the new ISO 45001 standard.

For those organizations that are already certified to ISO 14001:2015, many of the requirements you need should be in place for 45001 already – as the requirements for an EMS (environmental management system) are much the same as for an HSMS (health and safety management system).

If your organization is interested in forward thinking and seriously addressing its risks and opportunities in the area of OHS, it’s time to start planning how and when to get certified.

Tips on how to approach certification…

  1. Be sure to obtain management commitment – without it the HSMS will fail (and it’s one of the requirements of the standard-See Element 5 of the standard).

  2. Study the standard – look at what you have in place and what you need to put in place.

  3. Set a schedule for the registrar to come in and audit your management system for certification. Your plan for certification should include a timetable that is reasonable for your organization.

  4. Prepare, prepare, prepare – it’s not wise to wait until the last minute.

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. has the tools and experience to help you identify what you already have in place and what you need.  We can also help you develop the system,  implement it, and get your organization ready for the certification audit.  After your organization is certified, we can also help you to maintain your management system as well.

Stay tuned to the Capaccio’s Blog and eBlast communications for an announcement about upcoming training sessions regarding ISO 45001:2018.

Contact Linda Swift,  CHMM, TURP, Exemplar Global Provisional Auditor, at 978-621-6433 with any questions you may have or assistance you may need regarding ISO 45001:2018.

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