ISO 45001 vs OHSAS 18001. Whats the difference?


There has been confusion among some Health and Safety professionals as to the difference between ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001  since the emergence of information about an existence of this new Occupational Health and Safety standard (ISO 45001). This new standard is expected to replace the current standard (OHSAS 18001).

It is stated that ISO 45001 will aims at helping organizations provide a safe and healthy workplace for workers and other people, prevent deaths, work-related injury and ill-health as well as continually improve OH&S performance.

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ISO 45001 vs OHSAS 18001

The process for the completion and implementation of the ISO 45001 standard is still on course.

Here is the current update on the progress of the standard. See Update

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has highlighted the benefit of the ISO 45001 standard thus:

The proposed ISO 45001 Standard is potentially one of the most significant occupational safety and health voluntary national consensus to ever be promulgated. As an OSH Professional you work with safety management systems standard on an almost daily basis. This standard has the potential to move safety and health management forward on both a global level and in a country-by-country basis. As a professional it is imperative that you understand this standard, implementation, and implication for your company, colleagues, and clients. You will be in the position to advise and guide significant safety and health decisions in the near future.”


ISO 45001 vs OHSAS 18001

There have been questions among some Health and Safety Professionals about the difference between ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001. (ISO 45001 vs OHSAS 18001)

See the full explanation of the difference between the two (2) Health and Safety Standards here

What if I already have OHSAS 18001

A lot of people will ask this question: How will I migrate from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001.

BSI (British Standard Institution) has posted a video that will guide you in the process. Watch the video here




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