Approved the New ISO 45001: 2018 Standard “Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems”

After a long journey of more than 4 years the ISO 45001: 2018 “Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems” has been approved and will be published in a few weeks for organizations to start using it and / or adapt their systems developed on the basis of OHSAS 18001: 2007 to the new standard.

In the last meeting of the Group that elaborates the ISO / PC 83 standard carried out in the past days, the norm had a majority support for the document to be approved: 93% of votes in favor and 6% of votes against. From here and in a few weeks users of the new standard will have available the official document, although the content of the document has been known since its inception. All the news of the new norm can be followed through the official ISO website.

In previous days IAF, OHSAS Project Group and ISO already reported the migration period for companies that was set in 3 years:

Since the appearance of OHSAS 18001 in 1999 there have been many organizations that have adopted this management system as a reference model to manage their hazards and risks, although the document has come a long way to become an ISO standard meeting some “inconveniences” along the way such as the acceptance of the document by the ILO, trade unions or some standardization bodies.

Now that the standard has been approved all those involved in its use (organizations, professionals, auditors, administrations) must adapt their criteria and competencies to the new standard, so it is expected that over the next 3 years you will hear Very much of the new standard.


The principles that have been taken into account when preparing the new standard have been:

Simplicity, clarity and translatability
Avoid redundancies
Effectiveness and efficiency to avoid bureaucracy
Minimization of costs for new implementation among users
Provide added value to users
Compatibility with other Systems Standards


It must be remembered that the new ISO 45001: 2018 specifies requirements for an occupational safety and health management (SST) system, with guidance for its use, to allow an organization to provide safe and healthy working conditions for the prevention of work-related damage and deterioration of health and to proactively improve their performance of the SST. This includes the development and implementation of an SST policy and objectives that take into account the applicable legal requirements and other requirements that the organization subscribes to.


OHSAS 18001 becomes an ISO standard and is called ISO 45001 with the implication that this entails. OHSAS 18001 is eliminated
The adoption of the high level structure (HL) as well as other standards of management systems.
The standard not only remains in the management of safety and health but also refer to issues such as work welfare
The definitions have been revised and adapted
The context of the organization and participation of workers at all levels takes on special importance
The system pivots on the Leadership and Commitment of the Management and the Participation of the Workers
The concepts of “Risk” and “Opportunities” are introduced
Reinforcement of evidence of compliance
The documents and records are renamed “Documented Information”
Operational control goes deeper into the Prioritization of Controls, Change Management, Acquisition of goods and subcontracting
The Review by the Management enters to form the Verification Chapter (PDCA)
A greater emphasis towards the Improvement and development of indicators to demonstrate the improvement


Leadership and commitment of the Management
Participation of workers and their representatives
An adequate consultation and communication
Responsible allocation of resources to ensure sustainability
Clear policies in SST aligned with the strategic objectives of the organization
The integration of the OSH management system in the business processes of the organization;
The evaluation and continuous monitoring of the OSH management system to improve performance;
OSH objectives that align with OSH policies and reflect the organization’s risks and risks.
Knowledge of applicable legal requirements and other requirements;
Effective processes for the identification and control of risks and the opportunities that are generated

Approved the New ISO 45001: 2018 Standard “Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems”

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