ISO 45001:2018 replacing OHSAS 18001:2007

Since its first publication in 1999, OHSAS 18001 has been a recognized occupational health and safety management system (OH & SMS) standard against which management systems can be assessed and certified. OHSAS 18001 was revised in 2007 and now 19 years after initial release, a new ISO standard has been developed to replace OHSAS 18001; this standard is ISO 45001:2018.

ISO 45001:2018 was published on 12th March 2018 and OHSAS 18001 will be withdrawn on 12th March 2021. All WCS OHSAS 18001 certified clients have a three-year period to migrate their certification to ISO 45001:2018. After the 12th March 2021 all OHSAS 18001:2007 certificates will expire.

Planning for Migration

A planned approach is essential. Some issues to consider include:

  • Obtaining a copy of the standard,
  • Identify suitable training
  • Ensure communication within your organisation
  • Set up a working party / project team
  • Undertake a gap analysis
  • Update the documented system
  • Provide additional training to employees
  • Complete internal audits with an emphasis on the additional requirements
  • Discuss the migration with World Certification Services

Transition Management

Clients will be able to transition to the new standard during surveillance audits, recertification audits or by having a special audit in advance of their next scheduled surveillance/recertification audit. It is a requirement that WCS add audit duration to cover the new requirements. This extra audit duration will be communicated and agreed before the audit takes place.

Clients are advised to plan their transition to ISO45001:2018 in a timely manner.

Extra Services

World Certification Services will be providing a number of services to ensure a smooth migration. These include:

  • ISO 45001:2018 awareness training
  • Gap analysis days
  • Lead auditor training
  • Internal auditor training

Note the training will be provided by an authorised training partner.

The Changes

World Certification Services is working on a summary of changes between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 and this will be provided to all clients in the near future.

If you require any further information please contact your local WCS office.