Managing Occupational Health in the Organisation
These are the Standards for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. Organisations can help to protect themselves and their employees by implementing an Occupational Health and Safety Management System. The main purpose of an OHS System is reducing workplace illness and injury. The implementation of such a System can also help your business to deal with the legal imperatives, ethical concerns and industrial relations considerations relating to workplace safety, as well as improving its financial performance. A copy of the Standard can be obtained from https://www.iso.org/certification.html.
What Is An OHS Management System?
An Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OHSMS) is a System for planning and setting up processes to manage health and safety in your workplace.
An OHS Management System includes the following key areas:
- Planning for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control;
- OHSMS management programe;
- Structure and responsibility;
- Training, awareness and competence;
- Consultation and communication;
- Operational control;
- Emergency preparedness and response;
- Performance measuring, monitoring and improvement.
AS/NZS 4801:2001 Standard
AS/NZS 4801:2001 is the Australian and New Zealand Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management System. The Standard sets the requirements for establishing and assessing Occupational Health & Safety Management System for Organisations.
OH-SMS ISO 45001:2018 Standard
In March 2018, ISO 45001:2018, the first International Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard, was released by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).
ISO 45001:2018 has been endorsed as the replacement for OHSAS 18001:2007 and AS/NZS 4801:2001.
If a Client has a system which is currently Certified to the BS OHSAS 18001:2007 Standard, the System would have needed to be upgraded and migration activities completed prior 12 September 2021. OHSAS 18001:2007 is now considered withdrawn after a three-year migration grace period.
If a Client has a system which is currently Certified to the AS/NZS 4801:2001 Standard, the System would need to be upgraded and migration activities completed prior 13 July 2023.
Where local legislation/regulation requires accredited OHSMS Certification and the legislation/regulation has not been amended to reference ISO 45001:2018, the validity of certification to OHSAS 18001:2007 and AS/NZS 4801:2001 may be extended.
Any certificates for OHSAS 18001:2007 remaining on the JAS-ANZ Register as of 12 September 2021 was removed, unless JAS-ANZ has received documented evidence that they are being relied on by a government authority.
Any certificates for AS/NZS 4801:2001 remaining on the JAS-ANZ Register as of 13 July 2023 will be removed, unless JAS-ANZ has received documented evidence that they are being relied on by a government authority.
Such documented evidence must show a clear linkage between the authorities’ reasoning and the location and operations of the certified Client.
- Reduce accidents – having an OHS System in place can help reduce accidents;
- Reduce costs – minimising work-related accidents will reduce the associated costs of injury, illness, death, damage to equipment, delayed deliveries, high insurance premiums and staff turnover;
- Increase productivity – greater reliability and less time spent rectifying mistakes, and fewer deviations from procedure enables staff to concentrate on core business activities;
- Enhance your reputation – a certified OHS System communicates the Organisation’s commitment to high performance standards with regards to health and safety.
Our Approach to Certification
Our practical, no-nonsense approach means reducing as much red tape and paperwork as possible.
Our Auditors will work with you to:
- Minimise your risks;
- Ensure your compliance;
- Simplify your System.
Our simple certification process allows you to achieve Certification to the Safety Standard quickly and cost effectively.