Health and SafetyHealth and Safety – OHSAS 18001
Orion Clients, please update your OHSAS to ISO 45001 in 2020.  Certs expire on March 31, 2021

Organizations worldwide recognize the need to control and improve health and safety performance, and this is accomplished with occupational health and safety management systems. An international collaboration called the OHSAS Project Group was formed to create a single unified approach, drawing on the best of existing standards and schemes. OHSAS 18001 is the internationally recognized standard for health and safety management systems.

Safety SignThe OHSAS Standard provides framework for organizations to implement proper and effective management of health and safety in the workplace. By having a clearly defined management system in place, your company can identify and control health and safety risks and thus minimize risks in the workforce as well as with visitors or external contractors on your premises. Your system should identify all legislative requirements, identify the hazards, and control the risks of your organization. The standard will enable you to put in place processes for continually reviewing and improving occupational health and safety.

Certification can be a great benefit to an organization’s bottom line as well. Time spent improving health and safety can reduce stress and promote greater productivity, reduce accidents, and occupational health issues, reduce the likelihood of paying regulatory compliance fees, and improve your company’s underwriting risk.

ISO 45001-Occupational Health & Safety

Construction Site for webOver 6300 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases – that’s nearly 2.3million every year.  The burden of occupational injuries and diseases is significant, both for employers and the wider economy, resulting in losses from early retirements, staff absence and rising insurance premiums.

To combat the problem, ISO has developed a new standard, ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – Requirements, that will help organizations reduce this burden by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.

The standard was developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts, and follows other generic management system approaches such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. It also takes into account other International Standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labor Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO’s international labor standards and conventions.

Who is it for? ISO 45001 is intended for use by any organization, regardless of its size or the nature of its work, and can be integrated into other health and safety programs such as worker wellness and wellbeing. It also addresses many, if not all, legal requirements in this area.

Where can I find out more?    For more information or to obtain a copy of the standard go to www.iso.org

Migration to ISO 45001:2018 from OHSAS 18001:2007
There is a three-year migration period March 12, 2018 to March 31, 2021

Orion Clients, please update your OHSAS to ISO 45001 in 2020.  Certs expire on March 31, 2021

Suggested Plan of Action
1) Obtain a copy of ISO 45001 (www.iso.org)
2) Identify the gaps in the OHSMS which need to be addressed to meet any new requirements.
3) Develop an implementation plan.
4) Ensure that any new competence needs are met and create  awareness for all parties that have an impact on the  effectiveness of the OHSMS.
5)  Update the existing OHSMS to meet the new requirements and  provide verification of its effectiveness.
6)  Communicate with Orion regarding when you plan to audit  to the new standard.

NOTE:  Where local legislation/regulation requires accredited OHSMS certification and the legislation/regulation has not been amended to reference ISO 45001, the validity of accredited certification to BS OHSAS 18001 (or national equivalent standard) my be extended.

For more information on the standard go to www.iso.org


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Orion Registrar is dedicated to earning your loyalty with consistent, cost-effective service and value-added auditing. With Orion, you will have confidence that your registrar hears and responds to your voice, and is flexible enough to meet the individual needs of your company. We are small enough to understand the special requirements of small businesses, yet big enough to provide the depth of skills and experience required to mentor even the largest companies as they strive to continually improve their processes. Orion personnel at all levels, do their utmost to form a partnership with our clients.

With Orion, a company may customize their certification needs. Your company may seek OHSAS 18001 certification separately, or may choose to certify your integrated management system. In addition, you can choose from a six-month or annual surveillance plan. Multi-site certifications may be eligible for a site sampling plan. A partnership with Orion means that we can customize our service to best meet your specific needs. All of Orion’s services are fixed-fee per service and audit days are based on size and complexity of the company. There are never any hidden charges or extra fees. Travel expenses are billed at actual cost. Orion always works to provide you with the most economical options.

Orion Registrar is accredited for OHSAS 18001 by
the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)

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