The new ISO 45001:2018 is the world’s first occupational health and safety international standard meant to ensure that organisations worldwide adhere to a unified global standard when it comes to OHS practices.

If your business is not yet compliant, it is time to start making the necessary adjustments as ISO 45001 is designed to replace the current OHSAS 18001.

Although not coming into full effect until March 2021, businesses of all types and sizes are being encouraged to embrace the new standards and improve their OHS practices in line with ISO 45001.

However, following the publication of ISO 45001 earlier in March 2018, there is a three year transition period in place until all OHAS 18001 certificates expire. Therefore, organisations must achieve certification to ISO 45001 in this transitional period.

ISO 45001 is intended to offer one single set of requirements designed to help organisations create and implement systems that proactively prevent ill health and work-related injury, as opposed to reactively taking measures and managing incidents.

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The new standard ensures companies can finally create the safest and healthiest environment possible for employees, given the number of substantial reported annually as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases, as well as no-fatal work-related injuries.

Unfortunately, despite recommended OHS practices, poor workplace safety remains a serious global issue. It is also escalated by the increased pace and demands of business operations worldwide as the markets become more demanding and consumer-driven.

For companies, the above fact means added pressure and tighter deadlines, which leaves a broader scope for errors and accidents.

Your business can get ready now for ISO 45001 by:

  • Understanding the benefits of adopting a health and safety management system
  • Explore the advantages of achieving certification in the transitional period
  • Knowing the requirements of the new standard and its advantages
  • Knowing the key differences between ISO 45001 and the current OHSAS 18001 standard
  • Improving current occupational health and safety practices in preparation for ISO 45001

Take proactive steps to improve health and safety management throughout your organisation by following the latest developments and best practices available.

Find out more information about ISO 45001 here.

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