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Vol. No. 11.17: GUIDANCE TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ISO 45001 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
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(September 12, 2020)
     

The development of the ISO 45001 standard now finally brings the critical area of occupational health and safety management into the family of ISO standards. There has been a range of occupational health and safety standards being used across the world; the main one being OHSAS 18001, first developed and published in 1999. After an extensive process of development starting mid-2013, ISO 45001 was published March 12 2018. The standard was developed with contributions from a large number of national experts and stakeholders. ISO 45001 uses ISO’s common framework for management system standards, which contains a unified high-level structure and common text and terminology.. This structure and contents is available from Annex SL of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1 Consolidated ISO Supplement – Procedures specific to ISO (https://www.iso.org/sites/directives/2017/consolidated/index.xhtml) Annex SL states that all new and revised management system standards will use a consistent structure, common text and terminology, and this is enacted through “Appendix 2 – High level structure, identical core text, common terms and core definitions”. Several other ISO management system standards have already implemented the same structure – for example ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 27001:2013 (Information security). This common structure is beneficial for the users and other stakeholders. From the publication date of ISO 45001 there will be a 3-year period to move from a OHSAS 18001 certificate to a ISO 45001 certificate. It is strongly recommended that you, as early as possible, start thinking about how it will impact you, and review what changes are needed. This guidance document also includes "Our Key Transition Tips" after each main clause. These are designed to provide useful summary pointers for the transition, and also reflect the fact that many organizations may have already transitioned to ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 14001:2015. But if you are embarking on transition to an HLS structured ISO Standard for the first time the Our Transition Tips will still be very relevant and useful.

 

 

 

 

Published by : D. L. Shah Trust

Edited by : Mr. Hari K Taneja, Trustee, D. L. Shah Trust

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