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OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health and Safety Quality Management Standard is likely to be replaced by Standards ISO 45001 (October 2016)

OHSAS 18001 has been ISO measure of quality assurance that has been specifically dedicated to Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S). This standard is undergoing revision like other standards after about 9 Years. The revision process has already reached Draft stage and is expected to be published by 4th Quarter of 2016 as a homogenized new standard ISO 45001. The standard is developed to be in line with all other management standards with a 10 element structure and some new terms and principles. However the focus of the standard has not shifted form eliminating potential risks associated with Occupational Health and Safety management requirements.

The applicability of the certification is extensive and will include all organizations whose employees are exposed to hazards and potential hazards in the process of their work. The requirements that are set by ISO 45001 are all aimed at creating an effective management strategy in organizations to reduce and ultimately eradicate the risks involved with the work of their employees. In addition, ISO 45001 has the following foundational requirements for any organization looking for certification:

  • A clear-cut management system and organizational structure with clearly defined systems of authority and ultimate responsibility
  • A strategic direction requirement by the management regarding policy frame work in protecting the health and safety of employees
  • Quality Management Systems objectives towards ISO 45001 certification will not only be realistic and measurable, but also structured performance indicators to give Management a to evaluate effectiveness of the system
  • Requires the development of an effective risk assessment system to identify potential exposure of hazards and safety concerns of the company’s employees.
  • There is also a requirement by the ISO 45001 for organizations to develop effective monitoring of occupational health and safety management system and the need for conducting independent audits on the effectiveness of the management system

The benefits of developing an occupational health and safety policy under the ISO 45001 certification program are diverse and include:

  • Provides an effective way of guaranteeing the safety and health of your staff while allowing your company to attract the best skilled professionals in your area of operations.
  • A charter that helps to develop the necessary risk mitigation measures that prevent potential disasters in the future.
  • Helps save several dollars of payments for compensation and avoiding employee absenteeism
  • Through comprehensive risk assessment criteria the ISO 45001 presents an opportunity for organizations to identify weaknesses in their production systems that may expose their staff to potential risk.
  • ISO 45001 is critical in promoting the development of an inclusive risk protection and occupational health and safety policy for organizations in the world.
  • Through a good risk assessment on the organization processes, there has been considerable development of cost-effective production.

Our approach 

QSE has a proven and time tested “Ten Step Approach” to certification. This system is designed and perfected to cost- effectively prepare facilities for successfully passing Certification Audits with minimum or no nonconformities. QSE emphasizes on developing Simplified Documented Management Systems to meet or exceeds the requirements of any ISO Standard requirements. This 10 Step Approach has a built-in discipline to involve all employees including top management right from the beginning to achieve long-term desired results. Our approach is so complete that we have helped over 640 companies obtain certification, of which, majority have obtained certification with zero deficiencies. Please contact us for any of your Transition, training or consultation needs for any of the ISO standards such as ISO 45001, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO/TS 16949, ISO/TL 9100, AS 9100D , FSSC 22000 etc.

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