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Questions about ISO 45001 that need to know

ISO 45001 is a professional certification that can boost your organization’s reputation by demonstrating that your organization has applied the Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS). In this article, KNA would like to introduce several questions related to  ISO 45001:2018


  1. 1. What is the new feature of ISO 45001?

Many managers and leaders wish that the application of ISO 45001 can help them integrate health and occupational safety issues more tightly into their production processes and businesses.

Like previously revised standards such as ISO 9001, and ISO 14001, ISO 45001 also focuses on the structure of the standard. The new structure of ISO 45001 will help businesses to combine related fields such as quality, health and occupational safety with their management system.

The complete of standard structure will enable to apply standardized terms as well as simplify the process of interpreting regulatory requirements of the related management system.

  1. What types of businesses are suitable for ISO 45001?

Currently, the old standard OHSAS 18001 has been replaced by ISO 45001 with suitable changes that can be applied to any field.

If businesses would like to reduce the risk of health and occupational safety for their employees, visiting customers as well as the suppliers and the service providers, it is necessary to have a certification certifying your Occupational Health and Safety management system. 

  1. Benefits of businesses when having ISO 45001

The core purpose of ISO 45001 for businesses is to minimize the risks and injuries of workplace illnesses and on a scale that can completely avoid them.

Therefore, businesses can benefit when they adjust their development strategy in a way that is suitable for the occupational health and safety management system. Besides, ISO 45001 also focuses on the accountability of leadership; thus, expanding the employee pre-audit scope. 

  1. Will ISO 45001 replace the applicable OHSAS 18001?

In the document of the IAF MD (Mandatory document) with the title “Demands for conversion OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001:2018” published on 18th January 2018, the current ISO 45001 is confirmed to replace OHSAS 18001. Enterprises will have time to conduct the conversion from the date of the publication of the standard to March 2021.

  1. How is the certification converted?

For enterprises having OHSAS 18001:2007 certification, they can convert their Occupational Health and Safety management system to ISO 45001 easily. As a result, businesses that choose to convert their certification to ISO 45001 will have the relevant inheritance. Recently, according to the official announcement of the standard, the amount of time for converting to ISO 45001 is 3 years.

  1. What are the benefits of being certified according to ISO 45001?

Businesses from all fields and scope can reduce work accidents by accessing systematically the occupational health and safety management system according to ISO 45001. The source of errors can be realized and eliminated. Hence, enterprises are guaranteed to comply with the law’s regulations in health protection and occupational safety. In addition, businesses will raise awareness about occupational safety, encourage staff, suppliers and service providers to improve their professional standards and at the same time, improve their reputation to their customers, suppliers, authorities, and investors as a safe and reputable business.

In the next period, enterprises having OHSAS 18001 certification can convert it to ISO 45001. Besides, for certification bodies conducting ISO 45001, it is required to meet the requirements of IAF MD 22:2018 which is officially announced in January with the title “ISO / IEC 17021-1 for Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OH & SMS)”. This can affect the duration and evaluation process. This time is a good opportunity for enterprises to get familiar with the requirements of ISO 45001. It allows businesses to effectively estimate the necessary preparations related to the upcoming conversion. Conduct a situational analysis now to start creating plans for your businesses as soon as possible. Please contact us!

  1. What makes ISO 45001 different from other occupational health and safety management system?
  • ISO 45001 is an international set of standards and transparent about the Occupational Health and Safety management system. 
  • Unlike other types of certifications such as SCC (safety subcontractor certificate) that will be valid for subcontractors in their areas of expertise, SCP (Human Resource Rental Certificate to help ensure safety) that is only used for service providers of human resource management, ISO 45001 is an overall solution for the management of health and occupational safety that is certified at the international level.
  1. How is health and occupational safety important in the current period?

Currently, health and occupational safety at businesses are greatly concerned. The occurrence of occupational accidents and the stagnation often result in the suspension of production and supply processes, even in the worst-case scenario, it can cause order cancellations. An Occupational Health and Safety Management System can help enterprises minimize incidents through a systematic approach to the areas of occupational health & safety.

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