Interest in health and safety is real for a reason, some of the latest statistics taken from the HSE web site reveal:
- 133 workers killed at work
- 78 000 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
- 1.2 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
- 28.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
- £14.2 billion the estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions
In response to similarly brutal statistics and in part to the governments “ReVitalising Health and Safety Review” undertaken 25 years after the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act, OHSAS 18001 was created to improve the management of health and safety.
In its latest incarnation ISO 45001 will be the international health and safety management standard that replaces the UK’s OHSAS 18001 standard .
When it is published in 2016 the standard will follow the same structure (Annex SL) and will therefore be aligned with the 2015 versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, it is therefore anticipated that this will enable simpler and stronger integration of these three key management systems.
Statius has been following the transition changes carefully and is very happy to assist with any changes you might want to make before the publication of the new standard. Finally, if you currently have registration to OHSAS 18001 you will need to make the transition to ISO 45001 to maintain your registration, but it is anticipated that there will be a 2-3 year transition period, so there will be plenty of time to make the necessary changes.