ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems &

AS/NZS 4801 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

Today absenteeism costs Australian business $7 billion every year, while presenteeism (working whilst ill and not fully functioning) costs 4 times more. Our workplace health and safety systems can save you money through reduced incidents, absenteeism, and even reduced insurance premiums.

Business owners and managers are more accountable for the health and safety of their staff than ever before. Implementing a Work, Health & Safety System will ensure that you comply with your legal obligations.

What Is It?

ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems is the world’s first OHS international Standard. Published jointly in Australia as AS/NZS ISO 45001 in 2018, it provides a framework for workplace safety, allowing organisations to manage this key risk as part of their business processes.

ISO 45001 will be easy to integrate into existing management systems, because it’s based on the same structure as ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems.

There is a 3 year transition period to change from OHSAS 18001 and AS/NZS 4801 to ISO 45001 making the deadline September 2021.

How is it different to AS 4801 & OHSAS 18001?

Firstly, ISO 45001 is an international standard, so it’s recognised around the globe. In addition, it was reviewed by industry and regulators in Australia ahead of being published jointly as AS/NZS ISO 45001 in 2018,  so it’s definitely the premium product for the local market.

Other differences include:

  • A change in approach to risk, with a more preventative focus.
  • Increased worker participation in the management system.
  • Increased focus on stakeholder expectations.
  • Increased focus on controls for outsourced work.
  • A requirement for greater involvement from management.
  • A demand that businesses align their WHS management system with the objectives and strategic direction of the business.
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Is this a good thing?

Yes. Every worker and, by extension, every person in the community benefits from safety improvements within the workplace. This global system has the ability to reach every business in the world. Wouldn’t you feel better if you knew that a product you purchased that was imported from overseas had been produced in a workplace that looked after their workers’ safety and cared about their welfare?

Altruistic reasons aside, a well designed and well implemented ISO 45001 system will provide you with a significant return on investment. You can read more about the business case for WHS here.)

For Australian businesses, the benefits include:

  • International recognition, placing your organisation on a level of excellence shared by others worldwide.
  • The opening of new markets where certification is important to clients.
  • A greater focus on preventing accidents rather than detecting them.
  • Better business performance — the right ISO 45001 OHS management system will improve the efficiency of internal operations, and reduce accidents, dangers and downtime.
  • A platform that proves due diligence and attracts lower insurance premiums, reducing liability.
  • Legal compliance, when well designed and implemented.
  • The facilitation of continuous improvement and better employee morale.
  • Efficient integration into existing management systems.
  • Applicability to any organisation.

So, think about this question instead…

In these days of continually rising insurance premiums, increased injury claims and spiraling health care costs, can you afford NOT to implement ISO 45001?

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How do we transition to ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems?

1. Do a Gap Analysis to identify the differences between your current system and the new standard. You can read more about doing a gap analysis here.

2. Develop a plan that states the actions required to fill those gaps and progress towards ISO certification.

3. Fill the gaps by modifying existing or developing new documented information.

4. Implement the changes.

5. Check that the changes have been implemented by doing internal audits. More about performing internal audits here.

How do we implement ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems?

Getting ISO certification may seem complicated at first, but it basically comes down to clarifying your essential business processes and procedures, then streamlining them to be both straightforward and effective. You can read more on this by clicking here.

Need some help?

Don’t have the time, the knowledge or the energy? Worried that, through inexperience, you’ll overcomplicate things? Prefer to concentrate on your core business?

GrowEQ can do as little or as much of the work as you require.

We can:

  • Complete your Gap Analysis.
  • Design your policies and processes — they will be easy to read and understand. Simplicity is the key.
  • Implement the system for you, or provide the advice you need to do it yourself.
  • Chair your management review meetings.
  • Perform your internal audits.
  • Audit your suppliers.
  • Facilitate your certification audit.
  • Maintain your certified system.
  • A platform that proves due diligence and attracts lower insurance premiums, reducing liability.
  • Legal compliance, when well designed and implemented.
  • The facilitation of continuous improvement and better employee morale.
  • Efficient integration into existing management systems.
  • Applicability to any organisation.

So, think about this question instead…

In these days of continually rising insurance premiums, increased injury claims and spiraling health care costs, can you afford NOT to implement ISO 45001?

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Our Approach

Using our practical, proven approach, we guarantee ISO certification no matter where you are in Australia. Whatever your goal, industry or size, we have the breadth of experience to create a strategic management system that delivers very real, measurable benefits.

> Read more about our approach

ISO WIZARD

Intuitive software to manage your system pre-installed with the policies & procedures you need to make achieving and maintaining ISO certification easy. This frees up our time to help you implement your management system so that you are ready for certification in a matter of weeks.

Works across all devices
Go paperless
Receive automatic reminders
Make information available to all employees in the cloud, anywhere, anytime
Foster collaboration
Enforce control
Provide visibility and traceability from beginning to end
Enable continuous improvement
Everything is just one click away

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Let us do the work, so you can focus on what you do best.

We can combine any of the below Standards to create a single, simple, INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.
Click on each Standard to find out more.

ISO 9001 QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
ISO 14001 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
ISO 22716 GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES FOR COSMETICS
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY SYSTEMS
FOOD SAFETY SYSTEMS