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What is ISO 45001 / OHSAS 18001 ?

ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001  are internationally recognised standards for Occupational Health and Safety Management.

On the 12th March 2018 the ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management standard was published which over the next three years will replace OHSAS 18001. The ISO 45001 standard has been written to the same framework as the ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 Management System Standards.

Both standards provides a framework that any organisation can use to identify and effectively control its’ occupational health and safety risks.

Achieving compliance to ISO 45001 / OHSAS 18001 will typically involve identifying the most significant health and safety hazards in the business and taking appropriate action to manage these. 

All health and safety legislation applicable to a business and its’ activities must also be identified, documented and complied with.      

Certification to ISO 45001 / OHSAS 18001 demonstrates to all stakeholders of a Australian business that your health and safety management system has been independently assessed and conforms to international standards for health and safety practice in the workplace. 

What is AS4801?

AS 4801 is the Australian and New Zealand Standard indicates requirements for an occupational health and safety management system (OH&S).

This assists an organisation to establish and document a policy and objectives with regards to legislative requirements and hazard identification or risk management. This eliminates or minimizes risk to employees and other stakeholders who may be exposed to OH&S risks at workplace. This standard is consist of monitoring of health and safety management failures, auditing of performance and review of policies and objectives. It is applicable to all businesses or organisations, regardless of size or location.

Why Implement ISO 45001 or OHSAS 18001 or AS4801?

  • To protect your staff
  • To protect yourself
  • To protect your business and its reputation

Whilst you don’t need to be certified to ISO 45001 or OHSAS 18001 or AS4801, the requirements of this standard fits in well with the other ISO’s and ensures that maintaining a safe working environment has the same priority as your quality and environmental responsibilities.

It is a relatively simple process to extend your management system to cover ISO 45001 or OHSAS 18001 or AS 4801 and it provides the following benefits:

Safer working environment

Well managed and safer working environments are more efficient and staff do respond positively to working in businesses that show that they care about the health of their staff. By having ISO 45001 or OHSAS 18001 or AS 4801 you know that this is done consistently and effectively. 

Annual Independent Review of your Health and Safety

Senior Management have final responsibility for Health and Safety. Having  ISO 45001 or OHSAS 18001 or AS 4801 will provide assurance to senior management that their businesses health and safety management systems are being independently audited on an annual basis by a competent assessor. 

Competitive Edge

In an increasingly competitive market your customers know that by having ISO 45001 / OHSAS 18001 your business can deliver quality services and products without compromising the health and safety of your workforce