Historically Australian companies have had a choice between the Australia and New Zealand standard AS/NZS 4801:2001 or the British standard OHAS 18001:2007. It is important to note that ISO 45001 will completely replace OHAS 18001 over the course of the next 3 years, so now is the time to start thinking about the new standard.
If you are certified to AS/NZS 4801 then you might also consider a transition to ISO 45001 in this 3- year period.
So what’s new? Well if you have a quality management system certified to ISO 9001:2015 you will be very familiar with the framework for the standard. They call this Annex SL and it provides the high- level structure, identical core text and common definitions. In plain English – it has the same clause numbers and titles as all ISO management systems, so your management system terminology all lines up.
Leadership is a big focus of the ISO standards, so company owners and directors really need to show commitment to the process. Look, when it comes to the health and safety of employees, what boss doesn’t make it top priority?