ISO 45001 Changes to OHSAS 18001 and implications for Management Systems

Branch meeting report from 18 June 2015

22 June 2015

The Yorkshire branch monthly meeting topics continue to be popular with large numbers of branch members turning up. June’s meeting was a must-attend event for anyone involved in updating the Safety Management System. High profile BSI Product Technical Manager Trevor Dodd discussed ISO 45001.

The new ISO standard, ISO 45001 will eventually replace OHSAS 18001 and it is being designed to integrate more easily with ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management). ISO 9001 and 14001 are themselves undergoing revision and are due for publication in 2015. A draft version of ISO 45001 may be made available for consultation in Spring 2015, however, since it is being produced by an International Project Committee, ISO PC 283, and a large number of responses are expected, it is taking a long time to produce. The intention is to publish the final version in October 2016.

Trevor Dodd joined BSI in 1986 and has been involved with the development and assessment of management systems covering quality, the environment, and occupational health and safety since that time.  Trevor explained the history of developments in some of the management systems, and described the relationship between HSG65 and OHSAS18001 and how effective management systems can benefit an organisation. 

Trevor Dodd
Trevor Dodd - BSI Product Technical Manager

Trevor also clarified the 45001 format, Annex SL, for those who work with management systems:

Annex SL (previously ISO Guide 83) which defines the framework for a generic management system. All new ISO management systems will adhere to this framework and all current management systems are expected to migrate to this framework at their next revision

All management system standards of the future will have the same high level structure and identical core text, as well as sharing common terms and definitions. Whilst the high level structure cannot be changed, sub-clauses and discipline-specific text can be added.

Trevor gave an overview of the proposed changes with timescales expected in the integration of the new system. The development committee (ISO PC 283) Anticipated milestones are:

  • Quarter 2 2014: Committee draft
  • Quarter 4 2014: Draft International Standard
  • Quarter 2 2015: FDIS (Final Draft International Standard)
  • Quarter 4 2016: ISO Standard

Summary of key changes:

  • Strategic approach to OHS management
  • New Stages in the development of the Management System involving defining the Structure, Normative Mandatory References, Common Terminology and defining the Scope before developing the System.
  • New stage focussing on the “Context” of the organisation including understanding the internal and external drivers and assessing the needs of interested parties
  • A greater emphasis on the integration of OHS into the management of the business
  • Greater involvement and emphasis on senior management’s  leadership commitment and on internal consultation and representation
  • More emphasis on the concept of risk management
  • Legal and other requirements to be made more explicit
  • Greater focus of need to demonstrate compliance
  • Greater emphasis on hierarchy of controls
  • Management of change specifically included
  • Outsourcing, contractor management and procurement arrangements to be made more explicit
  • An increased flexibility with the use of documents

From the response in the room many of our branch members demonstrated that they were familiar with the general requirements of management systems and were looking for more specific detail on the forthcoming changes and they asked some interesting technical questions.

This meetings presentation will be available for our members on the Yorkshire branch microsite, look in the members section and follow the links to podbean.