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    NEW ISO 45001 MANAGEMENT STANDARD IMMINENT

    Standard capable of replacing OHSAS 18001 with relative ease

    The ISO standard for occupational health and safety management systems, ISO 45001, will be published on 15 March 2018 replacing OHSAS 18001 which is currently used by over 100,000 organisations worldwide.

    The standard specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety management system to enable an organisation to improve performance in preventing injury and ill-health.

    ISO 45001 is designed to be flexible and applicable to an organisation of any size and has been developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts.

    Seamless migration from existing standards

    ISO 45001 follows the high level structure approach that is being applied to other ISO management system standards, such as ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment).

    In developing the standard, consideration has been given to the content of other international standards (such as OHSAS 18001) and national standards, as well as to the ILO’s International Labour standards and conventions (ILSs). ISO advises that:

    “Those adopting the standard should find its requirements consistent with the other standards. This will allow for a relatively easy migration from using an existing OH&S management system standard to using ISO 45001, and will also allow for the alignment and integration with the requirements of other ISO management system standards into their organization’s overall management processes”

    HSE advise formal management systems not compulsory

    The regulator advises that such formal management systems or frameworks can help in the management of health and safety but it is a decision for each business as to whether to use one or not.

    The language and methodology of different management systems vary but HSE points out that the key actions can usually be traced back to the simple HSE suggested framework of Plan, Do, Check, Act.

    HSE stress that organisations should “keep health and safety documents functional and concise” with the emphasis on effectiveness rather than sheer volume of paperwork, adding;

    “Focusing too much on the formal documentation of a health and safety management system will distract from addressing the human elements of its implementation – the focus becomes the process of the system itself rather than actually controlling risks.”

     

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