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OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health & Safety Certification

Important information: OHSAS 18001 will be phased out by March 2021, ISO 45001 replaces the standard.

Since 2012 we have provided UKAS Accredited certification to the OHSAS 18001 standard.

However, this standard is now being phased out and replaced with ISO 45001.

Therefore, all organisations who require a health and safety certification, will now work towards the new ISO 45001 standard.

OHSAS 18001 will become obsolete by March 2021; all organisations that possess it should start to think about making the transition to ISO 45001 before their certification expires.

The importance of the having a health and safety standard

The importance of effective health & safety management is now recognised by employees, customers, suppliers, contractors, regulatory agencies, insurers, and stakeholders alike, and is increasingly becoming a primary concern to interested parties.

ISO 45001 helps organisations from a range of sectors to put in place a system for demonstrating a proactive approach to occupational health & safety performance.

The benefits to having a health and safety standard

  • A reduction of medical claims and compensation costs
  • Reduced lost work days through improved safety levels
  • Lower risk of penalties for breach of legislation
  • Lower insurance costs through the demonstration of improved risk management
  • Capitalising on an improved business performance
  • Gaining competitive advantage through the establishment of a responsible image within the marketplace
  • Increasing competitiveness in Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) and Tender submissions
  • Our certification provides the added benefit of automatic certification to SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement)
  • The improvement of employee satisfaction and retention through reinforced occupational confidence
  • Conforming with rapidly changing regulations
  • Increasing operational efficiency through adherence to a formally documented occupational health and safety procedure
  • The recognition of commitment to health and safety by potential investors

The difference between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001

The key points of difference is the structure of the management system which will allows the integration with other management systems meaning a much more streamlined approach to multiple system management and a more proactive approach to the identification of risks.

What next?

To find out more about ISO 45001, view our page which explains more about the standard.

You can also complete our online quotation request to find out about our fees to become certified to ISO  45001 or to transition your OHSAS 18001 certification to the new ISO 45001 standard.