Although certification with ELOT ISO 45001 is not a requirement, organizations that are interested in or have been certified with ELOT 1801 or OHSAS 18001 can, if they wish, prepare for the transition and certification.
The new standard requires organizations to factor in external factors and potential risks. They must prioritize not only Health and Safety issues that have a direct impact on them, but also control the impact they have on the wider society. With ISO 45001 and the use of Annex SL, greater emphasis is placed on the context of the organization and the role of leadership, senior management and employees. The new data on Health and Safety must be integrated into the structure of every organization as a key business factor. Until now with OHSAS 18001 the responsibility was borne by the Health and Safety Manager.
With ISO 45001, this responsibility is integrated into daily business activities and is not the sole responsibility of the Manager.
ISO 45001 introduces clear and improved terms compared to OHSAS 18001 on which it was based. One of the main objectives is to integrate workers and their representatives into the core of Health and Safety management systems. The new standard strengthens the resilience of organizations which are now able to anticipate and successfully address potential Health and Safety risks.
The new standard applies to any organization regardless of industry, size or location.
The new standard applies to any organization regardless of industry, size or location. The use of the new structure, Annex SL, makes it possible to easily integrate ISO 45001 with other management systems, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, and to integrate it with other programs that promote employee health.
Globalization brings more and more organizations face to face with new challenges. Many follow generic or national Health and Safety standards and do not promote compliance with international standards.