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28 Jul, 2014
The BS OHSAS 18001:2007 Health and Safety management system is a systematic and process driven approach to controlling and monitoring risks that can arise from the company’s day to day activities. This system is proven to enable the business to be pro-active rather then re-active, therefore more effectively protecting the health and welfare of your workforce on an on-going basis.
The International Organisation of Standardisation (ISO) has chosen, to create one, universally adaptable standard that will incorporate and supersede all those former standards.
This new standard will be known as the ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety management system.
The OHSAS 18001 will be revised to maintain its alignment with ISO 14001, (which is due to be updated in early 2015) and to tie in with the new ISO management system standards structure. Dates have not yet been confirmed, however it is expected that the standard will be released in late 2016 / early 2017.
Requirements of the new standard, we are to believe will be very similar to those within OHSAS 18001. This is definitely an added bonus to businesses that are already certified to OHSAS 18001, as they should find switching to the new Standard fairly straight forward. It has been identified that the new standard will offer a different definitions of the terms ‘Risk’, ’Worker’ and ‘Workplace’ as well as introducing three new concepts:
Context of Organisation – Will look at the internal and external factors of a business, addressing the risks and examining how to control them.
Leadership – Will identify the means of communication on different levels, not just at management level.
Documented information – Will take in to account all documentation and records ( including the use of smart phones and PDA’s).
We will keep you posted as soon as we hear more and of course with all updates, we will be there to hold your hand through the process. Any questions, please contact Lynne Thomas in our Client Relationship department.
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