ISO 45001ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety

ISO 45001 was published in 2018 to provide a robust and effective set of processes to improve safety in the workplace. It was designed to help organisations of all sizes and industries. This is the first ever International Safety Standard and it is expected to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses on a global scale.


This revision of the safety standard aims to draw the safety management system closer to an organisation’s core operational processes. By further integrating the safety system into the organisation’s core activities, ISO45001 aims to establish a strong safety culture. The newer version of the safety standard also asks for leadership from management across all levels and pushes consultation with those affected by the systems including employees and contractors as well. 

ISO 45001 will supersede OHSAS 18001 and ultimately AS/NZS 4801. If your business is currently certified to OHSAS 18001 you will need to transition your certification to the new standard. The good news is that ISO 45001 shares a majority of its framework with both AS/NZS4801 and OHSAS18001. Accordingly, if your business is certified to or familiar with either of these standards the transition will be smoother. The new standard also follows the same Annex SL structure as the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 revisions for ease of integration with your existing systems.

The new standard includes an additional focus on top management buy-in and safety culture in the following areas.
•    Worker participation
•    Continual improvement
•    Hierarchy of control
•    Risk management (and emergency management)
•    Compliance status
•    Contractors, procurement and outsourcing

If you are already certified to OHSAS 18001 or AS/NZS 4801 you can find details of how to transition to ISO 45001 below.

Transition Plan for OHSAS 18001:2007

  • The expiry date of OHSAS 18001:2007 certificates issued after publication of this migration policy shall be no later than 31 March 2021. 
  • Any OHSAS 18001:2007 certificates remaining on the JAS-ANZ register as of 31st March 2021 will be removed unless we have been able to provide documented evidence to JAS-ANZ that they are being relied on by a Government authority as noted below.
  • If any government or regulatory authority provides advice to Sci Qual International or JAS-ANZ that it continues to solely require an organisation to hold OHSAS 18001:2007 certification issued under the JAS-ANZ Procedure 02 (OHS) scheme then the expiry date of such certificates may be issued in accordance with the routine three-year certification cycle.
  • Sci Qual International will not accept new applications for certification to OHSAS 18001:2007 after 31st March 2020
  • Any client applying for OHSAS 18001:2007 after 13th March 2018 must do so on the understanding that the certificate will expire and be removed from the JAS-ANZ register as of 31st March 2021. 

The client's decision to pursue OHSAS 18001:2007 certification after 13th March 2018 shall be acknowledged by the client and recorded, to be provided to JAS-ANZ upon request. 

Transition Plan for AS/NZS 4801:2001
As there are a number of regulatory requirements still in place that require certification to AS/NZS 4801, JAS-ANZ will continue to support certification to AS/NZS 4801 while it continues discussions with OHS authorities in jurisdictions of its operation.

Standards Australia have published ISO 45001 as an Australian standard under AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018. Work is underway to scope what additional guidance could be provided on AS/NZS ISO 45001 to support organisations and individuals utilising the standard. 

When the regulatory issues have been addressed a transition plan will be published for AS/NZS 4801 and it is expected that all OHS management system standards will have migrated to AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 by 31st March 2021.

  • Australian experts contributed heavily to ISO 45001, working with their international colleagues to deliver a standard outlining international best practice in the management of workplace safety,” said CEO of Standards Australia, Dr Bronwyn Evans. “Ultimately, organisations of every size and in every industry have guidance available to achieve a minimum level of workplace health and safety thanks to the publication of this standard”
  • The publication of this standard brings a systems-based approach to workplace health and safety across every industry in Australia. The support this document has received from industry is indicative of the effort Australian organisations have already put into improving safety in their workplaces, which has the potential to be a simple and more effective process thanks to this international standard.

However, if there are no regulatory requirements for you to comply with AS/NZS 4801 and you wish to transition to ISO 45001:2018, we can certify you to ISO 45001:2018 by confirming through a certification audit that you have upgraded your OHS Management System to the requirements of ISO 45001:2018.

Click links for Frequently Asked Questions relating to ISO 45001:2018 and other information on the benefits of ISO 45001 for your workplace 

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