Welcome back to “Compliance Matters” we hope you have had a fantastic month and are excited to read all about our updates and upcoming opportunities Compliance Lab has to offer.
Quote of the Month
“For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.“ ~ Eleanor Everet
Compliance Lab would like to say a BIG Congratulations to our following clients for passing their external audits this month:
- CA Property Group
- VIA Architects.
A big shout out goes to Shine On who has just passed their certification audit adding onto their Quality System the Safety and Environment standards. Shine On are leaders in the LED lighting and solar industry. They have successfully delivered thousands of LED and solar installations across a range of industries and are equipped to upgrade and install all commercial spaces, including industrial, hospitality, education, retail, healthcare, transport, recreation and office.
Keep up the great work team Shine On!!!
Did You Know…
Migratingfrom AS/NZS 4801 to ISO 45001 Safety Standard
ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use provides a framework for workplace safety, allowing organisations to manage this key risk as part of their business processes.
The most commonly known and accepted Australian safety certification is AS/NZS 4801. However, the international standard, ISO 45001 is quickly gaining popularity and is becoming accepted worldwide. Essentially, ISO 45001 streamlines and builds on the older systems and ensures alignment with ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management).
ISO 45001 is intended to make implementing and maintaining safety a simpler and more effective process. It provides a universally accepted framework to control health and safety risks, reduce potential accidents, aid legislative compliance and improve overall performance.
In these days of continually rising insurance premiums, increased injury claims and health care costs, it’s important to have a clear framework safeguarding your business.
Key Differences Between AS/NZS 4801 and ISO 45001
- Management Representative (Clause 5.1)
Previously there was a requirement for appointing a management representative which has been removed and replaced by 13 responsibilities that need to be allocated to Senior Management.
- Health & Safety Policy (Clause 5.2)
ISO 45001 includes additional commitments that an organisation needs to demonstrate in their Health and Safety Policy. You will need to update your current policy to include:
- A commitment to providing safe and healthy working conditions for the prevention of work-related injury and ill health,
- A commitment to eliminating hazards and reducing OH&S risks and,
- A commitment to consultation and participation of workers, and, where they exist, workers representatives.
- Consultation and Participation of Workers (Clause 5.4)
AS/NZS 4801 had sections for consultation and communication but ISO 45001 adds the additional requirements.
- Risks in ISO 45001 go beyond hazards (Clause 6.1)
As part of ISO 45001 organisations are required to determine and assess risks and opportunities related to the establishment, implementation, operation and maintenance of the management system.
- Psychosocial hazards (Clause 22.214.171.124)
The requirements for the identification of hazards and what you need to take into have been expanded. One item that is different is the requirement to take into account “how work is organised, social factors (including workload, work hours, victimisation, harassment and bullying), leadership and the culture of the organisation” when identifying hazards.
- Documented information (Clause 7.5)
AS/NZS 4801 had required documented procedures for topics such as hazard management and training and competency. ISO 45001, like other Annex SL based ISO standards requires organisations to have documented information.
- Procurement (Clause 8.1.4)
ISO 45001 has a section just for procurement which outlines the specific requirements for considering and managing the health and safety risks. The procurement process needs to define and apply criteria for the selection of contractors. Outsourced processes need to be identified and controlled, the degree and extent of control should be relative to the contractor’s risk profile.
- Evaluation of compliance (Clause 9.1.2)
Previously in AS/NZS 4801 you were required to establish procedures to identify and have access to all legal and other requirements that are applicable to the organisation. ISO 45001 requires organisations to evaluate their compliance with legal and other requirements and retain documented information of the evaluation results.
For organisations that are already certified to AS/NZS 4801, a good starting point is to complete a gap analysis between your current safety system to the ISO 45001 standard. Once the gaps are identified, update your system to incorporate the new/changed requirements and then train staff on the requirements.
If you have any questions regarding ISO 45001 and its implementation into your organisation, please contactComplianceLab.