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 (184.108.40.206)
- Identification of OH&S opportunities (220.127.116.11)
- Planning to take action (6.1.4)
- Evaluation of compliance with legal and other requirements (9.1.2)
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, 18.104.22.168, 4.5.2)
- Outsourcing, Procurement and Contractors (4.3.1, 4.3.2, 22.214.171.124 and 4.4.2, 126.96.36.199)
- Continual Improvement (4.2, 4.3.3, 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206)
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)
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.
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.
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