Increased global trade brings new health and safety challenges, which have driven the need for an international OH&S management system standard, enable global benchmarking and to raise the bar for health and safety in the workplace. Published on 12 March 2018, ISO 45001 aims to help organisations demonstrate their commitment to workplace safety and reinforce their business’ reputation with customers and employees alike.
In response to the challenges posed by COVID-19, the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has extended the migration deadline for ISO 45001 certification. Existing OHSAS 18001 certificates can now be extended for up to six months. This means that the period for migrating accredited certifications from OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001:2018 has been extended to 11 September 2021.
The new health and safety standard is an opportunity for organisations to align their OH&S management system with their strategic direction or introduce a health and safety management system with a focus on improving OH&S processes and performance.
Benefits of ISO 45001
A healthier and safer workplace
ISO 45001:2018 aims to reduce the estimated 2.78 million work-related deaths and 374 million non-fatal work-related injuries that occur each year according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), encouraging employee engagement to avoid accidents and ill health and improve wellbeing.
Manage evolving risk profiles through a systematic process to keep your workforce healthy, minimising downtime for optimal daily output.
ISO 45001 raises the bar for occupational health and safety, setting a new standard to give suppliers a competitive edge when bidding for global contracts.
The ISO health and safety standard aligns with the Annex SL - the same High Level Structure as ISO 9001:2015 (quality management systems) and ISO 14001:2015 (environmental management systems); presenting simpler management systems controls you can integrate into a broader ‘business management system'.
Need help with ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 is suitable for organisations of any size, sector or location. Whether you have an established health and safety management system that you want to migrate to ISO 45001 or if you are implementing a system for the first time, we recognise that every organisation and its OH&S management system is unique. With over 30 years’ experience in training, gap analysis, assessment and certification, we’ll work with you to ensure you get the right support.
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We explore every problem thoroughly with exacting analytical precision; leaving no stone unturned, no questions unanswered to draw accurate conclusions every time.
LR assessors are renowned for their domain expertise; they speak your language and understand your sector-specific OH&S hazards. LR’s technical experts were involved in the development of ISO 45001 and Martin Cottam, Group Technical Assurance & Quality Director, is Chair of ISO/TC 283 – the ISO Technical Committee for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Standards - so you can be confident that our assessors have the inside track on the requirements of the standard, which they can share with you through the assessment process.
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