Lucideon is pleased to announce that it has received UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation for the new standard ISO 45001:2018 - Occupational health and safety management systems (this replaces OHSAS 18001).
ISO 45001 is the new international standard on occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMSs). Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Requirements with guidance for use contains 10 clauses and an informative annex, together with a bibliography and index of terms.
This new standard provides a framework to enable businesses to implement effective arrangements for managing occupational health and safety (OH&S), as well as proactively improving its OH&S performance. The requirements should be met in a way that is proportionate to the hazards identified and the OH&S risks to be managed.
It has been developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts, and follows other generic management system approaches such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001.
Clients who currently have OHSAS 18001 certificates will have to migrate to ISO 45001:2018 by 11th March 2021 in order to maintain their certification.
Key changes in ISO 45001
- Business Context: Chapter 4.1, external and internal issues, introduces new clauses for systematic determination and monitoring of the business context.
- Workers and other interested parties: Chapter 4.2 introduces enhanced focus on needs and expectations for workers and other interested parties and worker involvement. This to systematically identify and understand factors that need to be managed through the management system.
- Risk and opportunity management: Described in chapters 6.1.1, 184.108.40.206, 6.1.4, companies are to determine, consider and, where necessary, take action to address any risks or opportunities that may impact (either positively or negatively) the ability of the management system to deliver its intended results, including enhanced health and safety at the workplace.
- Leadership and management commitment: Stated in chapter 5.1, ISO 45001 has stronger emphasis on top management to actively engage and take accountability for the effectiveness of the management system.
- Objectives and Performance: Strengthened focus on objectives as drivers for improvements (chapters 6.2.1,6.2.2) and performance evaluation (chapter 9.1.1).
- Extended requirements related to:
- Participation, consultation and participation of workers (5.4).
- Communication (7.4): More prescriptive in respect of the “mechanics” of communication, including determination of what, when and how to communicate.
- Procurement, including outsourced processes, and contractors (8.1.4).