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What’s New

To help you understand what is new and what has changed between AS/NZS 4801:20001 and ISO/DIS 45001:2016 (DIS = Draft International Standard) we have compared both Standards to highlight key changes.

New Requirements
ISO 45001 introduces a small number of requirements that are largely new when compared to AS/NZS 4801:2001, including:

  • Understanding the Organisation and its context (4.1)
  • Understanding the needs and expectations of workers and other interested parties (4.2)
  • Assessment of risks to the OH&S Management System (6.1.2.2)
  • Identification of OH&S opportunities (6.1.2.3)
  • Planning to take action (6.1.4)
  • Evaluation of compliance with legal and other requirements (9.1.2)


Consolidated Requirements
ISO/DIS 45001:2016 consolidates a requirements spread across a number of clauses of AS/NZS 4801 into stand-alone requirements including (AS/NZS clause numbers in brackets). For example:

  • Management of Change (4.3.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.6.2, 4.5.2)
  • Outsourcing, Procurement  and Contractors (4.3.1, 4.3.2, 4.4.6.2 and 4.4.2, 4.4.1.2)
  • Continual Improvement  (4.2, 4.3.3, 4.4.1.1, 4.4.1.2)

Modified Requirements
ISO/DIS 45001:2016 clauses represent a modification of what is required in AS/NZS 4801 rather than being a totally new requirement. For example:

  • OH&S Policy (5.2)
  • Participation and consultation (5.4)
  • Emergency preparedness and response (8.2)
  • Continual improvement (10.2)

Relocated Requirements
ISO/DIS 45001 is based on a 1-10 Section structure. Accordingly, ISO 45001 simply relocates a requirement that is very similar to a requirement in AS/NZS 4801:2001.

​For example:

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What’s Familiar

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Thankfully, ISO have not recreated the wheel. 

If you  are familiar with AS/NZS 4801:2001 you will be familiar with many of the requirements and concepts in ISO/DIS 45001:2016, including:

  • The Plan-Do-Check-Act model remains the fundamental “systems” model promoted by ISO 45001.

  • Process Approach – establishing a Policy and objectives for improvement and processes to achieve them, implementing these processes and monitoring and measuring process results remains a key part of the Standard.
  • The overall intent (a framework for managing prevention of death, injury, ill-health) is consistent with AS/NZS 4801:2001.
  • ISO 45001 maintains (and enhances) the focus on the role of top management in an effective OH&S management system
  • ISO 45001 maintains a strong focus on hazard, risk, controls focus
  • Very similar requirements for:

           – Planning and policy
           – Legal requirements
           – Improvement – objectives, action planning, monitoring.
           – Awareness, consultation, competency needed
           – Resources required to support system
           -Monitoring, evaluating, analysing OHS performance and improvement.


Keeping it Simple

Given our commitment to keeping compliance seriously simple, our next Blog will look at what you need to do to transition an OH&S Management System based on AS/NZS 4801:2001 to the new standard.

Check back soon!

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