OHSAS 18001 and ISO-45001 SSE
A vital necessity

For a safe and sound work environment


This standard refers to occupational, health and safety management systems with the goal to alleviate this constraint for the organizations, by establishing an increased reference framework concerning:
– Improved worker’s safety;
– Occupational risk reduction;
– Creation of better work conditions.

The 8 advantages to subscribe to SMSST ISO-45001

1- Integration into both management systems ISO 9001 Quality and ISO 14001, calls for a global integrated management system;

2- A balance between risk management and the company’s socio-economic needs;

3- International Standard recognized for its rigour within the company’s risk management (identification, appreciation-classification and implementation of control means);

4- Support and promote good practices for OHS management;

5- Establish objectives and performance criteria for OHS management;

6- Training and skill development for the company’s resources (laborers, executives and officers);

7- Cost reduction related to incidents and improvement of organizational results;

8- Meet the requirements of the most rigorous customers.


The 5 differences between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001

(ISO 45001 complies with the same structure as ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, simplifying the integration of the OHS management system to an existing system).

1- ISO 45001, as for others in the 2015 edition, insists on the organization’s context. It must identify all aspects, external and internal, which have significant impact on OHS objective management.

2- The organizations will have to assess work conditions throughout the Supply Chain including:
– Subcontractor conditions working for the organization;
– The conditions within the external suppliers’ companies.
3- Management leadership, by further supporting and integrating a OHS protection process.
4- Employee participation in the development of the OHS policy and the resulting OHS management system.
5- Creation of specific OHS improvement opportunities:
with organizational changes;
with the elimination, in the work space, to OHS-related hazards;
by adapting work conditions to employees’ needs.

The OHSAS 18001 :2007 migration towards ISO 45001 :2016 in 6 steps:

(The companies already registered with OHSAS 18001 must ensure, among other things, that the certification agencies guarantee service continuity and a transparent migration towards ISO 45001 on the agreed upon transition period).

1.  Secure a copy of the ISO 45001 version and establish a correlation between the previous and the new standard.
2.  Target the areas of concern within the occupational, health and safety (OHSAS) management system, which must be resolved to satisfy the new requirements.
3.  Develop an implementation plan.
4.  Ensure that the awareness and skill requirements are satisfied, for all parties.
5.  Update your current management system in order to answer the new requirements and certify its effectiveness.
6.  Validate migration dispositions with certification agencies.

The migration processes adopt a similar approach to the new ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 versions following transition, which means jointly with a periodic monitoring, the certificate or specific audit renewal. The IAF migration project has already identified that given the shear scope and nature of the ISO 45001 induced changes, an additional delay period will be required and the migration cannot be incorporated in the already planned visits.