Occupational Health & Safety Management System (ISO 45001)

ISO 45001 is an internationally recognized occupational health and safety management system (OH&S) standard and is intended to address occupational health and safety (OH&S) rather than product safety. ISO 45001:2018 provides a framework to the effective management of OH&S including compliance with the legislation that applies to your activities and identified hazards.

What are the benefits?

  • Customer satisfaction – through delivery of products that consistently meet customer requirements whilst safeguarding their health and property
  • Reduced operating costs – by decreasing down-time through incidents and ill health and reducing costs associated with legal fees and compensation
  • Improved stakeholder relationships – by safeguarding the health and property of staff, customers and suppliers Legal compliance by understanding how statutory and regulatory requirements impact the organization and its customers
  • Improved risk management – through clear identification of potential incidents and implementation of controls and measures
  • Proven business credentials – through independent verification against recognized standards
  • Ability to win more business – particularly where procurement specifications require certification as a condition to supply.

 How to achieve certification?

Following steps are to be followed to implement OH&S-MS:

  1. Top Management’s Commitment
  2. Selection of Capable Consultant
  3. Risk Assessment
  4. Documentation
  5. Implementation
  6. Training
  7. Internal Audit
  8. Selection of Certification Agency
  9. Certification Audit

Initial Certification Audit

The assessment process for achieving certification consists of a two stage Initial Certification Audit as follows:

 Stage 1 – the purpose of this visit is to confirm the readiness of the organization for full assessment.

The assessor will:

  • Confirm that the occupational health and safety management system conforms to the requirements of the standard including the identification of impacts and aspects
  • Confirm its implementation status
  • Confirm the scope of certification
  • Check legislative compliance
  • Produce a report that identifies any non-compliance or potential for non-compliance and agree a corrective action plan if required
  • Produce an assessment plan and confirm a date for the Stage 2 assessment visit.

 Stage 2 – The purpose of this visit is to confirm that the management system fully conforms to the requirements of ISO 45001:2018 in practice,

The assessor will:

  • Undertake sample audits of the processes and activities defined in the scope of assessment.
  • Document how the system complies with the standard.
  • Report any non-compliances or potential for non-compliance.
  • Produce a surveillance plan and confirm a date for the first surveillance visit.

If the assessor identifies any non-conformance, the organization cannot be proceed until corrective action is taken and verified.

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