ISO 45001: Latest changes – Richard Green webinar transcript

Posted by Emily Hill on Fri, Oct 06, 2017

We recently recorded a webinar with Managing Director of Kingsford Consultancy Services Ltd, Richard Green, to discuss the latest developments in the new ISO health and safety standard. 

Below is a transcript of the webinar. 

What are the main challenges managing health and safety? 

Health and safety tends to get a bad press. Too often it is seen as both an administrative and an operational overhead, something that gets in the way of completing the job quickly, something which can be circumvented when the pressure is really on.

Responsible organisations know this is nonsense, and the HSE has gone to great lengths to publish Myth Busters on its website in an attempt to dispel some of the crazier H&S assertions that surface periodically, but the sad truth remains that the only time the top management of certain organisations take an interest in this subject matter is when there has been an actual H&S incident. Then they tend to get very interested, very quickly.

In its introduction, DIS2 ISO 45001 reminds us of the role top management MUST play if a H&S management system is to be effective. These critical success factors include promoting and developing a H&S culture, their need to consult with workers over H&S matters and ensure worker participation in key H&S decisions, the need for them to provide the necessary resources to run an effective H&S management system, and the need for them to ensure H&S is integrated into business as usual.

At present, I’d suggest we are some way off this being the norm, particularly when we view Health and Safety from an international perspective.


Why a need to move from OHSAS 18001?

OHSAS 18001 was (indeed is) a highly successful standard. Although it’s difficult to capture accurate figures (as it’s not an ISO standard and therefore not included in the ISO annual Certification Body survey), it’s estimated that 93,000 OHSAS 18001 certificates have been issued. That places it third behind ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 respectively.

ISO have long desired to complete the holy trinity. Those with long memories will recall ISO 9001 started out a British Standard BS 5750 and ISO 14001 also started out as a British Standard, BS 7750.

OHSAS 18001 (or BS OHSAS 18001 to give it its proper title), is going the same way for the same reason, to elevate it from what is essentially a national standard, albeit one which has been globally accepted, to a truly international standard, developed with full international consensus.

As OHSAS 18001:2007 was due for an update anyway it seemed logical to take the opportunity to go down the international route, to try to drive H&S improvement on an international basis.

ISO 31000 reminds us that risk is ‘the effect of uncertainty’. It therefore follows that by reducing the effect of uncertainty we will reduce our organisation’s risk exposure. Annex SL based standards, and that includes ISO 45001 of course, set out to do this by requiring organisations to:

  • Be clear on what they have to do (legal requirements).
  • Be clear on what they chose to do (other requirements).
  • Be clear on how they will do it (planning, support in place and operations)
  • Be clear that it is being done (performance evaluation)
  • Be clear on how to do it better (Improvement)


Why do you think there has been a big divide in the feedback on the ISO DIS 45001?

ISO 45001 was always going to be a problem child. Those developing the standard come from national standards bodies representing different parts of the world, with radically different perspectives on workers’ H&S.

Accepted working practices in some countries are completely unacceptable in others, and the degree to which workers are able to actively participate in, and be consulted on, H&S matters, are similarly divergent.

Now throw into the mix the liaison organisations who at one end of the spectrum are passionate about enshrining worker’s rights at the core of the standard, and who at the other are represent employer’s interests, believing it’s for businesses to decide how and when to involve their workforce in any H&S debate. Finally, add in the complexities of national and international health and safety legislation and perhaps you’ll begin to understand why this standard is taking so long to finalise. 


What are some of the key changes and how will they impact the way health and safety is managed in the organisation?

For me the key changes are;

  • The adoption of annex SL which should aid integration with other management systems.
  • The removal of the role of management representative which is designed to embed H&S responsibility more widely than just that single individual.
  • The enhanced role top management HAVE to play in the operation of their H&S management system- there are things they cannot now delegate.
  • The requirement to integrate the H&S system into ‘business as usual’
  • The extension of worker consultation and participation
  • The requirement for the organisation to prevent ‘ill heath’ (including psychological health) as opposed to just injuries
  • There’s explicit recognition that injuries and ill health can result not just from immediate impacts but also from long term impacts
  • The need to consider H&S opportunities, not just H&S risks
  • Major shakeup of terms and definitions. Of the 37 included in ISO 45001 only 3 are identical to those in OHSAS 18001. New definitions include ‘worker’ and ‘workplace’.


How can organisations prepare for ISO 45001?

Start by increasing awareness, if you are responsible for your organisation’s OHSAS 18001 compliant system you need to know about ISO 45001. There’s lot of information circulating on the internet but make sure you look at that coming out of an informed source, someone who is actively involved in the revision process. 

Then tell others in your organisation what’s about to happen and how it will impact them. You’ll need to speak to top management about their revised obligations and you’ll want to bring your internal auditors up to speed with the new requirements in order that they can spot issues during the transition process.

Speak to your certification body to see what help they intend to provide you with and note that if you are not happy with your certification body or any support consultants you may employ, now is a good time to change them. You’ll want to be making this journey with people you trust.

Once you are clear as to where you need to get to, then you can start to plan. At this stage, it can only be an outline as ISO 45001 is still work in progress but the bare bones can be put in place and then adjusted when there is more certainty as to the standard’s contents and timing.


Where can people access a copy of the draft?

Both BSI and ISO will happily provide you with a copy of the DIS2 for suitable recompense. BSI are asking £30 for non-members and £24 for members, ISO are charging 58 Swiss francs (which equates to £46.80). Both have online shops offering immediate downloads.


When should people expect ISO 45001 to be released?

Not even members of PC283 know the answer to that one. The official ISO timeline shows the publication of an FDIS in November 2017 and then publication of the full ISO in March 2018. That said, there are a lot of technical comments on DIS2 (1200) and each and every one of these needs to be considered. It’s conceivable that if PC283 cannot process all of these at their meeting in Melaka this month, that they will need to schedule another meeting to complete the task. Personally, I’d see March 2018 as the EARLIEST possible publication date and if I were staking my own money on it I’d probably go for the end of Q2 2018.


What process would you recommend following when transitioning?

View this as a journey. Firstly, you need to understand where you want to get to. That’s the easy bit, compliance with ISO 45001. Now take time   to understand what the destination looks like - if you can’t tell   Rotherham from Rochdale you won’t be able to tell when you’ve got to   where you want to be. So, start by self-education and progress to   awareness raising. Make sure you tell everyone where you are taking   them and why this is right destination.

Next you need to understand where you are starting from. Each organisation’s departure   point will be unique, as the degree to which   each organisation embraces OHSAS 18001 will be different. There are   organisations already going beyond the basic requirements of the   standard whilst others will simply be doing the minimum to comply. The   former will be closer to the destination than the latter. Conduct a gap   analysis to identify your own personal departure point.

Now we need to plan the journey, making it as smooth as possible and   avoiding the potholes along the way. Enshrine your route in a transition plan built on the results of your gap analysis. Periodically re-run the gap   analysis to ensure you are still on the correct road and that you are   continuing to make progress. Get internal audits and management   reviews up and running early so if you do drift off piste you can pick the   right route up once more or, if you identify a shortcut, to position you to   take it. 

Involve your certification body early on. They can help smooth the route.  

Treat this as a project, create a project structure to manage the   transition, a communications plan to keep stakeholders engaged, a project plan to act as your route plan and risk and issue logs as things   will go wrong along the way, and the fallout will need to be managed.


Some organisations have a separate quality and health and safety manager. How can organisations use the Annex SL to make transition faster?

Get the quality & H&S manager talking to each other. Hopefully, given   that we have only 12 months of the 9001 and 14001 transition periods   remaining, work on transitioning the organisation’s QMS and EMS will   be well advanced. At the very least there should be a clear and   communicated transition plan in place by now.

That means a lot of lessons will have been learned by the quality and   environmental people that can usefully be passed across  to the H&S   manager. What went well and what didn’t, what were the principal   challenges and how were these addressed? 

The H&S manager will also benefit from the fact that by now Top   Management should have been educated by their   quality/environmental heads as to their revised roles in Annex SL based   systems, the organisation should have established processes for the   determination of Context, for the management of risks and   opportunities, the alignment of management system objectives with   business objectives and performance evaluation of management   systems. The H&S system can be piggy backed off these new ways of   working, introduced to satisfy the QMS and EMS standards.    


Documenting a health and safety management system is one thing, how can organisations ensure correct processes and procedures are being followed?

This starts with ensuring individuals are clear as to their roles and responsibilities, and are also clear as to how specific tasks are to be performed. These aspects are dealt with under clause 7, Support, which encompasses competence, awareness and communication sub-clauses.

Work is then planned and performed under Clause 8, Operation with H&S performance and the effectiveness of the H&S system overall being checked under clause 9, Performance evaluation, by means of monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation.

Internal audit has a key role to play in determining compliance (or otherwise) with agreed practice, as has Management Review.

Worker consultation and participation forums should also be used to identify process deviations, noting that in some instances the deviation may have occurred for good reason. E.g. where following the process would have endangered rather than protected individuals. The standard is clear that where this is the case workers should not be exposed to the threat of dismissal, disciplinary action or other reprisals as a result of their failure to follow the prescribed method.



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Would your employees say working conditions are "worse than prison?"

Posted by Emily Hill on Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Too many health and safety management systems are still failing to protect their employees from injuries, diseases and, at worst, fatalities. 

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"Worse than prison" 

Today it was announced that at least 140 warehouse employees at JD Sports have been sent to hospital in just four years, with conditions described by employees as "worse than prison." 

JD Sports has only now, after 166 incidents, planned to launch an investigation into working conditions, saying that it is "deeply disappointed and concerned by the footage" and did not believe that it reflected its culture accurately.  

ISO 45001

The anticipated arrival of ISO 45001 at the end of this year, hailed as the first truly international health and safety management system standard, means there will be more rigorous requirements on top management to ensure risks and issues have been appropriately managed. There will also be increased requirements to involve all levels of worker to increase responsibility and accountability towards proper health and safety management.

Engaging Your Team with Health and Safety Management

The below infographic has been designed for you to use internally. The infographic details: 

  • Key health and safety statistics
  • Main causes of health and safety incidents
  • Essential questions to ask about your health and safety management system. 


Share this infographic with your team: 

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ISO 45001: How does ‘risk-based thinking’ affect your H&S procedures?

Posted by Marc Gardner on Mon, Jan 16, 2017

The new ISO 45001 will follow the high-level Annex SL structure, which means there will likely be more explicit requirements around risk-based thinking. But in terms of implementation, what does that mean for you as a health and safety professional?

  • Health and safety leaders must develop a proactive, preventative approach to risk (compared to traditionally reactive structures)
  • Top management must take overall accountability for the protection of workers' health and safety obligations (the number of directors jailed for H&S negligence tripled in 2016)
  • Organisations must take into account all 'interested parties' – which now includes the workforce.

These changes alter the responsibilities of risk management in that everyone can now be held accountable. The buck, ultimately, stops with business directors – which is why, after an incident, they need to be able to prove that they've taken every step possible to mitigate a risk or prevent one from occurring.

If your health and safety system involves a hand-written incident logbook, you’re putting your staff, reputation and business at risk. Not only does a logbook require people to remember it, find it, write in it, then inform the health and safety team of the incident, but it's likely you don't have a process in place to prevent the incident happening again.




Paper files in a folder won't help you discover risk patterns or identify potential risks which you could mitigate to prevent a problem before it even occurred. That's where software helps. Systems such as EQMS Incident & Accident Manager set out a clear process for staff to follow to record potential risks and hazards as they occur. Allowing any user to highlight a potential risk means your quality team will have a clear and instant overview of all areas of risk in the company. This includes those which may not have been obvious, such as risks occurring on another site to the location of the health and safety team.

Moving from a paper-based or spreadsheet-based health and safety process may feel like an unnecessary headache, but it'll save you considerable sums – and time – in the long run, as you'll be able to:

  • Recognise trends and mitigate risks before they occur, reducing incident rates and keeping your insurance premiums low
  • Automate workflows to reduce admin and introduce a culture of responsibility to your workforce
  • Remain compliant to regulatory standards at all times and avoid the associated costs of non-conformance
  • Identify potential gaps in training to ensure staff are fully up-to-date with all required health and safety training and to avoid preventable accidents
  • Provide easy and fast audit trails in the wake of any audit or post-incident investigation, without adding to administrative demands.

EQMS Incident & Accident Manager is an easy-to-use, off-the-shelf, configurable system that helps you manage your new 'risk-based thinking' approach to health and safety.


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How to use EQMS Incident and Accident Manager for Health and Safety Compliance

Posted by Annie Grace on Thu, Jan 05, 2017


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How does your company culture impact your health and safety responsibilities?

If your employees think health and safety risk and accountability lies only with a dedicated team of quality managers, it’s time to re-think your approach.

Every individual is responsible in the chain of accountability. Making a cultural change to shift responsibility to individuals has many business benefits – not least improving risk mitigation and reducing related incident costs.

Getting your staff on-board means having a comprehensive and easy-to-use process in place. You’ll find people are more willing to take accountability if it’s clear and easy to do so.

You’ll also find that monitoring the process is key to understanding where potential risks lurk and identify trends. You can locate your weakest points before they become a compliance or accountability problem.

It’s up to the quality team to implement the culture of responsibility – but how is that best managed, tracked, and audited? How can you be sure that you’re compliant – whether with OHSAS 18001 or the elusive soon-to-be-announced ISO 45001?


With a comprehensive EQMS system, naturally.

Managing a culture change is tricky. A solid EQMS system designed to handle change processes smoothly will not only simplify the transition but solidify your future.

You’ll save money by reducing errors and mitigating risks through an audit-friendly system.

You’ll allow individuals to take responsibility while improving business processes.

You’ll futureproof your quality management processes against changes to ISO standards.


Want your people to believe in QHSE (even if they’re not quality managers)? Book onto our next FREE webinar and take the next step to changing your quality culture:

  • Discover how EQMS helps your risk and accountability problems
  • Learn about EQMS Incident & Accident Manager software with no obligation
  • Understand how culture impacts your quality processes – and why EQMS solves your problems.





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ISO 45001 – What you can do now to prepare

Posted by Emily Hill on Fri, Nov 20, 2015


Complying with regulatory standards is the first step towards protecting your employees from health and safety threats. However, this may just be a dip of your toe in the water if you don't follow up with a pre-emptive, assured and consistent health and safety management system.

The new ISO 45001 standard will give organisations an occupational health and safety management framework they can use to protect their employees. 

With publication of the standard not expected for another year, there are a number of ways you can prepare for the standard now. 

ISO 45001 management system

Update your other management systems 

Not only will updating your other management systems early result in a number of long-term commercial gains, you will also save a significant amount of time.

Annex SL, the new high-level structure used for all management standards, is also being used for ISO 45001. This means that rather than tackling each management system independently, you can integrate ISO 45001 into your thinking while working your way through the requirements for quality or environmental management. 

IRCA have produced a detailed report on understanding the requirements for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 to support you to transition early to the updated management systems. You can read the report here. 

Find out what the experts are saying

There is no better way to get your questions answered and expand your knowledge than by being surrounded by industry experts. 

The British Safety Council are hosting a workshop to discuss what's new about ISO 45001 and how you can prepare for the transition from OHSAS 18001 certification. The workshop will take place in London on Thursday 20 July 2017. You can get more information about it here.

Learn boardroom language

One of the key requirements for ISO 45001 is that it requires top management to take ownership and demonstrate commitment through leadership of the health and safety management system.

This means that quality, health and safety and environmental professionals will need to learn to speak the language of the boardroom to discuss context, objectives, strategy and risks. Some quality professionals will feel comfortable getting leadership involved. For others, the notion of challenging top management will be completely alien. 

If you're nervous about talking to management, or can't see how you are going to get top management to make the required time commitment to managing health and safety, use our stakeholder engagement template to plan how you can get your stakeholders involved. 


What you should do now

ISO 45001 will support your organisation to manage health and safety in a pre-emptive, collaborative and consistent process. Any change management process is likely to take time, so the earlier you can start preparing for the changes, the more efficient you can be. For more information about ISO 45001, please download our toolkit. 

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What to expect with ISO 45001 – Annex SL

Posted by Marc Gardner on Wed, Sep 23, 2015

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Implementing a management system is difficult. Implementing several when each has its own unique structure, requirements and terminology can be overwhelming, confusing and extremely time-consuming.

ISO realised this, and addressed the problem by developing Annex SL, a generic and consistent framework that all management system standards would follow. This framework ensures that any new standard, or revision of an existing standard, has the same high-level structure (in terms of clauses, the order they're presented etc.) and uses the same language. That high-level structure will remain the same across all standards, although certain industry-specific standards may include additional sub-clauses or sections of text if necessary.

Annex SL

What's meant by 'high-level structure'

ISO 45001, and any other new or revised standards, will now be based around the same 10 clauses:

1. Scope
2. Normative references
3. Terms and definitions
4. Context of the organisation
5. Leadership
6. Planning
7. Support
8. Operation
9. Performance evaluation
10. Improvement

Much of the 'core text' will be identical from standard to standard. For example, the first part of the "Leadership" clause, clause 5.1, will always be set out like this:

"Top management shall demonstrate leadership and commitment with respect to the [XXX] management system by:

- ensuring that the [XXX] policy and [XXX] objectives are established and are compatible with the strategic direction of the organization…"

And the main definitions and key terms will be uniform across all standards. Certain definitions will be specific to occupational health and safety, but more general terms will match those in ISO 9001 and 14001.


What you should do now

To learn more about the impact of Annex SL on ISO standards, watch our exclusive webinar with quality consultant Richard Green. While Richard focuses on ISO 9001, the influence of Annex SL spans across all ISO standards.

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What to expect with ISO 45001 – A new approach to risk

Posted by Marc Gardner on Wed, Sep 16, 2015

The incorporation of Annex SL into the ISO 45001 standard is a key driver towards the 'risk-based approach'.

If ISO 45001 follows in the same vein as the 9001 and 14001 standards, which is likely, then it'll be necessary to determine the risks and opportunities, plan actions to address them, implement the actions in occupational health and safety management system processes and evaluate the effectiveness of these actions.

Taking a risk-based approach ensures your organisation is proactive rather than reactive, preventing potentially damaging events and promoting improvement. Once a management system is risk-based, preventive action is automatic.

While risk is commonly understood to be negative, risk-based thinking allows for opportunities to be found – this is the positive side of risk. Analysing risks can often bring forth opportunities for improvement and enable businesses to make strategic decisions. Applying a robust management system can also be considered an important aspect of risks and opportunities.

Determining risks and opportunities

Many professionals approach Qualsys for advice on how to determine risks and opportunities and the appropriate level of action to take to address them.

When planning for your occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, you should identify the risks and opportunities you must address to:

  1. Ensure that your management system can achieve its intended result(s)
  2. Reduce any undesired effects as far as possible
  3. Achieve continual improvement.

Put simply, to determine risks and opportunities, you must first determine your organisation's objectives before you can identify potential events that may prevent you from achieving those aims.

Analyse and prioritise

ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 define a risk as "the effect of uncertainty on an expected result". It's highly likely that this definition will again be applied to ISO 45001. If this is the case, then it follows that:

  • an effect is a deviation from the expected – positive or negative

  • risks are about what could happen and what the effect of this happening might be

  • risk also considers the likelihood of an event occurring.

There are various methods to approaching ISO 45001 risk-based thinking; which method is appropriate is determined by the nature of your organisation.

In smaller organisations, it may be sufficient to simply provide appropriate records of risk-based thinking and to ensure control of business processes (e.g. regular reviews of documentation, clear sight of training and competencies, sufficient data for analysis and continual improvement).

In contrast, many busy teams in larger organisations use risk registers as a framework for assessing, evaluating and prioritising risks. Risk management software such as EQMS Risk Manager enables you to identify and assess risks looking at 'likelihood' and 'impact'. EQMS Risk Manager's workflow means you can assign responsibilities and set deadlines to ensure risks are dealt with rapidly and efficiently. EQMS triggers escalation to guarantee critical actions never go ignored.

Planning and implementing actions to address risk

Planning actions to address risks and opportunities can include:

  • avoiding risk
  • eliminating the risk source
  • changing the likelihood or consequences (likelihood and impact)
  • sharing the risk
  • retaining risk by informed decision
  • even taking risk in order to pursue an opportunity.

When doing your own planning, it's again imperative that you consider the context of your organisation. For example, the process of planning actions to mitigate a potential fault with a nuclear reactor at a power plant will be much more thorough and meticulous than planning actions to mitigate the risk of paper cuts.

Similar to this, the risk presented by polluted air in a country with whom an organisation has little trade or links is minor in comparison to the country in which it mainly trades and operates. It's essential to understand your organisation and its strategic direction as this will enable you to determine and address the associated risks.

Many organisations use risk management software such as EQMS Risk Manager to implement actions to address risks. EQMS Risk Manager enables you to create automated workflows for addressing risks, highlighting responsibilities and sending email notifications of various tasks to the relevant individuals. This ensures actions to address risks are completed via a closed-loop process.    

Check the effectiveness of the actions – do they work?

In simple terms, to check the effectiveness of your actions to address risk, you need to ask, "Do they work?". There are various methods you can employ to do this, including:

  • Audits and internal reviews
  • KPI analyses
  • Project evaluations

One important aspect of this checking involves having the right data available to make informed decisions. By improving how you aggregate risk data, you can strengthen your capability in making judgements about risk. This leads to gains in efficiency, reduces the chances of loss events occurring, and enhances your strategic decision-making.

Many organisations are now employing KPI dashboards such as EQMS Dashboard to provide instant access to real-time management information. With an overarching view of key performance indicators that are determined by management, organisations can track performance in critical areas and make informed decisions.

Instant access to risk assessments, audit reports, customer complaints, non-conformance and CAPA statuses and document notifications give you the ability to 'take the temperature' of your organisation, carry out trend analysis and demonstrate that you are operating a 'culture of compliance'.

Moving forward

The ISO 45001 standard will likely encourage organisations to build risk management into their entire management system.

With risk-based thinking, you're able to adopt a risk-based approach to improve customer confidence and satisfaction, and to establish a proactive culture of prevention and improvement.  With such explicit benefits, this can only be seen as an opportunity and a step in the right direction.


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What to expect with ISO 45001 – Timeline for development

Posted by Marc Gardner on Wed, Sep 09, 2015

The new ISO 45001 standard is currently under development, and expected to be published in February 2018.

Though you'll be able to gain certification to OHSAS 18001 until then, once the new ISO 45001 is published you'll have three years to migrate to ISO 45001 before the old standard is phased out. For now, you should continue to comply with the requirements of OHSAS 18001 despite the upcoming revision. 

The new ISO 45001 standard has been designed in order to complement ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, with key terms and definitions consistent across both standards, a common superstructure in Annex SL, and parallels in the core text.

The anticipated timeline for the eventual publication of the standard is shown below:


With publication of ISO 45001 only a matter of months away, you might want to start thinking about the fundamental changes, such as:

  • Greater prominence of occupational health and safety management within the strategic planning process
  • Consideration of your organisation's wider context
  • Greater emphasis on risk management and mitigation
  • The introduction of Annex SL


What you should do now

To learn more about the changes to ISO standards, watch our exclusive webinar with quality management consultant Richard Green. While Richard focuses on ISO 9001, the influence of Annex SL spans across all ISO standards.


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OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 – Essential resources

Posted by Marc Gardner on Wed, Sep 02, 2015

Keep on top of the occupational health and safety standards with these essential resources. This selection of websites, videos and blogs covers the fundamentals of OHSAS 18001 and presents what's currently known about the upcoming ISO 45001 standard set to replace it. We hope you find it useful, but if you have anything to add please leave us a comment.

BSI Group

BSI Group

The British Standards Institution (BSI Group) is the UK's national standards body. They produce technical standards on a wide range of products and services and supply certification and standards-related services to clients ranging from high-profile brands to small local companies in 172 countries worldwide.

Their overview of OHSAS 18001 is a useful place to start, providing a summary of the existing OHSAS standard as well as information on implementing and maintaining a management system, and gaining certification.

They have also produced a helpful PDF guide to the new ISO 45001 standard, which you can read and download here.


National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI)


The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) is Ireland's equivalent to BSI. They are the national certification authority for CE marking and provide a certification service that enables Irish businesses to demonstrate that their goods and services conform to the relevant standards.

NSAI's website has a range of useful information, but their information leaflet and PowerPoint presentation on migrating to ISO 45001 might be of particular interest.




NQA is part of NTS, the leading independent provider of environmental simulation testing, inspection and certification services in the US. NTS serves a broad range of industries, from civil aviation, space and defence to telecommunications, electronics, medical and automotive.

Here they give a detailed talk on the changes businesses will have to make when the new standard is introduced. Their webinar on how ISO 45001 will change the way occupational health and safety management systems are implemented and certified is also very good.




The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an independent, non-governmental membership organisation and is the largest developer of voluntary international standards.

Their web page on management system standards sets out a thorough yet concise summary of the background to the standards, and their page on ISO 45001 provides useful articles and a current timeline for implementation of the standard.


Charter 4 Solutions

Charter 4

Charter 4 Solutions is a multi-disciplinary business consultancy that can help you gain ISO and OHSAS certifications. They work with all types of companies, from young developing enterprises to leading multi-nationals.

They've produced an easy-to-follow infographic to give you a brief overview of the OHSAS 18001 standard.


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Over the coming months, the Qualsys GRC blog will be keeping track of the latest thinking and developments in regards to the ISO 45001 standard, linking to useful resources and publishing whitepapers as the standard progresses along its timeline. 



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