ISO 45001: migration from BS OHSAS 18001

by | Feb 23, 2021 | Security

On 12 March 2018, the new ISO 45001 standard came into force: find out when and how to adapt your management system certification. Organisations, whether BS OHSAS 18001-certified or not, can check the compliance of their management system with the requirements of ISO 45001:2018. The level of impact brought about by the changes/new requirements of ISO 45001 depends on the degree of maturity and effectiveness of the current management system.

Gap analysis

The first step is to identify the real costs, in terms of time and resources, caused by the whole process of adapting to the new requirements, so as to

  • identify which aspects of the system need to be adjusted
  • develop an appropriate adaptation plan
  • provide training to relevant personnel to ensure adequate knowledge/awareness
  • updating the OHSAS management system and verifying its effectiveness
  • contact Innovacert for the migration process of the current certification.

Migration Phases and Deadlines

OHSAS-certified organisations can migrate to the new standard within three years of ISO 45001 coming into force (12 March 2018 - 11 March 2021). At the end of this period, certificates issued according to BS OHSAS 18001 will no longer be valid.

Migration may take place in conjunction with a surveillance or renewal audit, or between two scheduled audits. The migration audit consists of two phases: an off-site document review, during which the main changes made by the organisation to its document structure will be analysed, and a subsequent on-site audit to verify the effective application of the new requirements of ISO 45001.

If the audit is successful, the certificate of conformity to the new standard is issued. Conversely, if the audit is negative and conformity to the previous revision of the standard remains, the organisation may maintain the old certification with a limited expiry date at the end of the transition period.

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