OHSAS 18001 is an international standard enabling businesses to measure and demonstrate their commitment to Occupational Health and Safety. When you are OHSAS 18001 certified, your customers can be confident that you manage Occupational Health & Safety Administration System (OHSAS). The OHSAS certification demonstrates that you exercise due diligence and so reduce the risk of legal action and procecution.

A combination of ISO standards is possible. The structures of the ISO standards: ISO 9001ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 are identical to each other and allow you to integrate the ISO standards into one integrated management system (IMS).he audit can be carried out combined, leading to greater efficiency and effectiveness.

From OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001

The development of the ISO 45001 Standard is delayed. Until 12 May this year the ISO members could vote if the ISO / DIS 45001 (Development ISO Standard) could be followed by the FDIS version, the final version. The vote is unfortunately negative expired, there will come first a second DIS version. It is expected that the second DIS version is not published before the end of 2016. The publication of the Final Standard  will be the second half of 2017.

Large organizations broadly use OHSAS 18001 internationally. In a significant number of countries, OHSAS 18001 has been accepted as the national standard. In regards to this set-up, the OHSAS 18001-standard seamlessly fits the ISO 14001-standard. On the level of ISO, work is currently being done to develop an ISO-standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, namely ISO 45001. As a result, the OHSAS 18001:2007 will no longer be applicable and the ISO 45001 will comply with the High Level Structure of amongst others the renewed ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.

What are the most important differences between OHSAS 18001 and the renewed ISO 45001?

Differences based on HLS:

  • Context analysis;
  • Determination of requirements of involved parties;
  • Influence of changes (internal and external) on the organization;
  • Integration with other business processes;
  • Immediate management involvement;
  • Risks and opportunities;
  • Communication concerning basic needs (both internally and externally);
  • Management of outsourced processes;
  • Documented information instead of procedures.

The most important differences between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 in regards to Occupational Health and Safety Management:

  • The ‘worker’ concept;
  • Leadership (accountability, strategic planning);
  • Culture in regards to Occupational Health and Safety Management;
  • Persons working under the control of the organization;
  • Commitment in regards to ‘hierarchy of control’;
  • Competences instead of training needs.

QMS International will keep you informed of the latest developments concerning the new ISO 45001. The standard is expected to be available at the end of 2016. QMS International also strives to obtain the accreditation for this ISO 45001 at the DAkkS in Germany.

What are the benefits of QMS International?

  • QMS International offers the possibility of certification within 45 days;
  • It applies a pragmatic and standards-based approach;
  • An independent and ethical attitude;
  • Qualified auditors for several ISO-standards with excellent knowledge of the industry and standard(s);
  • Non-bureaucratic approach towards our customers;
  • No unexpected costs and delays;
  • Extensive worldwide experience with management systems.