According to the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, about 860,000 occupational accidents take place every day that leave employees with injuries. About 2 million deaths out of the 2.3 million work-related deaths are result of health issues and diseases due to long term exposure to risks. Many occupational accidents lead to injuries which incur in an added expenditure for the organization. The direct or indirect cost of occupational illness and accidents at work is estimated to be USD 2.8 trillion worldwide. Occupational Health and safety (OHS) is one of the key aspects that cannot be ignored by businesses who want to sustain and thrive. Apart from incurring losses of lives, money and time; not having a OHS framework can also bring about reputational damage and regulatory action. Having a sound Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) will align your safety goals to policies that will work for your organization. Thus, helping you improve worker safety, lower the amount of insurance premiums and avoid loss of business. First published in 1999, OHSAS 18001 is a recognized and popular voluntary occupational health and safety management system standard that can enhance worker safety and health. However, as you all aware, it will now be replaced by the new OHSMS ISO 45001:2018 standard.
About ISO 45001:2018
ISO 45001:2018 is the new international voluntary standard for occupational health and safety which like OHSAS 18001 also aims at reducing unacceptable work risks and consistently enhancing the OHS performance. ISO 45001:2018 is a generic standard and can be applied to all kinds of organizations and set ups irrespective of their nature, type and size of business. It lays a set of guidelines that establish a framework by specifying requirements for your organization's OHSMS. Aligning your organization's OHSMS with ISO 45001:2018 can significantly mitigate risk by enhancing safety and lowering the incidents of injury and disease in workplace.
On publication of ISO 45001:2018, OHSAS 18001 will be withdrawn. Commencing from the date of publication of ISO 45001:2018, organizations currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will have a 3-year transition period to upgrade to the new standard.
Business Benefits of ISO 45001:2018
- Reducing absenteeism and employee turnover rates
- Reducing the overall costs of incidents
- Improving the organization's ability to respond to regulatory compliance issues
- Reducing downtime and the costs of disruption to operations
- Reducing the cost of insurance premiums
- Recognition for having achieved an international benchmark (which may in turn influence customers who are concerned about their social responsibilities)
Gist of Changes in ISO 45001:2018
- ISO 45001:2018 will have a common high-level structure and terms and conditions similar to other management systems. This means the standard will facilitate the implementation process and integration of other management systems like ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, etc.
- The new standard lays emphasis on ‘organization’s context’. Hence, according to the new standard, organizations need to have a larger view and consider what the society expects from them in terms of health and safety issues.
- Changes have been incorporated in fundamental concepts of ‘risk, worker and workplace’.
- Terms like monitoring, measurement, effectiveness, OH&S performance and process have also been redefined. Terms ‘document and record’ have been replaced by ‘documented information’. There are guidelines for maintenance of ‘documented information’.
- Unlike OHSAS 18001, health and safety responsibilities will not just be present with the safety manager, but OHSMS will become a part of the overall management system. This will require the top management to have a stronger leadership role in OHSMS.
- ISO 45001:2018 will focus on ‘identifying and controlling risks’ and not just ‘hazards’.
- The new standard also focusses on how suppliers, contractors and vendors of the organization are managing their OHS risk.
Knowledge Sharing through Complimentary Webinar
To help you understand the key changes and transition requirements for ISO 45001:2018 standard, TÜV SÜD’s OHS expert will covers all aspects of ISO 45001:2018 ‘revision essentials’ over a complimentary webinar to ensure a seamless transition.
Date: 24th October 2018
Time: 9:30 am (Qatar & KSA) | 10:30 am (UAE & Oman)
Duration: 1 Hour
Speaker: TÜV SÜD’s OHS Expert
Points to be Covered in the Webinar
- What is ISO 45001:2018?
- Importance of ISO 45001:2018
- Summary of transition timelines and requirements
- Comparison between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001:2018
- Q & A session
Click here, for more information on ISO 45001:2018
Although there is a period of 3 years to upgrade to the new ISO 45001:2018, we strongly recommend that organizations should not leave the upgrade until the very end of the transition period.
We can help upgrade your organization's existing OHSAS I8001 certification to ISO 45001:2018. Having a OHS standard in place, will communicate the fact to all the stakeholders that employee safety and health is a priority for your organization. Many investors prefer to invest in organizations with an established OHS framework. So even if you are applying for the OHSMS for the first time, we can support you with the new ISO 45001:2018 certification.
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