ISO 45001 – The New Standard in Safety

What is ISO 45001 and how will Australia be affected?

ISO 45001 is the international OHS standard expected to be published in Oct 2016. It is set to replace AS 4801 and OHS/AS 18001.

Please see our blog article for more information about the thinking behind the standard and how it may affect businesses in Australia.

What are the main changes between AS 4801/ OHSAS 18001 and the new ISO 45001?

The main areas of change fall under the following categories:ISO 45001 sets new standards for worker and workplace safety in Australia

  • Approach to risk
  • Stakeholder expectations
  • Worker participation
  • Planning specifics
  • Outsourcing

 

Please see our blog article for more information on these changes.

What are the benefits of achieving ISO 45001 certification?

There are many benefits for companies which become ISO45001 certified.

  • The credibility which an international Standard certification brings (as opposed to AS 4801 which is only Australian and not recognised overseas).
  • Smooth integration with other new revision ISO Standards already in place and reduction in documentation and duplication.
  • Positive response from the public and stakeholders to your awareness of global safety and your willingness to do your part.
  • Greater awareness of stakeholder needs and responsibility for your company’s global impact

How do we transition to the new standard?

You have three years from the publication of the standard to make your transition and achieve certification.

Your first step is to audit your current processes and identify organisational gaps which must be addressed in order to meet the new requirements. You then need to develop a plan to fill those gaps and to implement the new systems.

Based on the changes to the other standards, you should expect that increased management involvement will be required in the new version. Most likely there will also be an increased focus on identifying and considering all key stakeholders, based on risk, using a process approach and effectively monitoring of impacts through the whole supply chain.

Once you have brought your management systems into line with the new requirements and developed your new processes you will need to arrange training for all stakeholders that are involved in the success of your safety management system.

Need some help?

It’s important not to underestimate the work involved in transitioning between standards and to leave it too late. Assessing your current processes to identify gaps can be a time consuming process, as can formulating and implementing a plan to fill the gaps. On the other hand, preparing the documentation for certification doesn’t need to be onerous if you creatively integrate the requirements into your existing systems.

Time poor or not relishing the job ahead? Integrated Compliance Solutions can quickly and effectively manage the entire process for you, freeing up your time to grow your business.

If you would like our professional assistance to make the transition to ISO 45001 or to assess how compliant your system already is, call us on 1300 132 745 for a free no obligation consultation.