OHSAS 18001 Accreditation for Interserve
The new international standard, which is now published, replaces OHSAS 18001 and sets out the requirements for those organisations who wish to create and maintain a safe and healthy working environment for all. BSI has engaged with each of the ten clients who have been through a rigorous assessment programme to the FDIS (Final Draft International Standard) and a further review against the actual publication of ISO 45001.
OHSAS 18001 has already helped numerous organisations of all sizes successfully identify and manage occupational health and safety risks and hazards within their business. The new international standard has been developed in order to take in to account today’s business requirements. It’s the first ISO for Occupational Health and Safety, so for those organisations that operate or trade internationally, working to a single international standard could help to simplify their business.
Whilst some of the requirements within OHSAS 18001 have been retained in the new standard, ISO 45001 uses a high level structure (HLS) - featuring terms, definitions, headings and text common to all management system standards - allowing easier integration when implementing multiple management systems. For example, ISO 9001 Quality Management and ISO 14001 Environmental Management. Some of the other changes include a strong emphasis on leadership, risk-based thinking as well as participation and consultation of decision-makers and workers to ensure the management system covers what is needed and is communicated effectively to all involved.
Organisations currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will have three years to migrate to the new standard.
John Stokes, Head of Business Process Management at Interserve said: “As a business that employs over 80,000 worldwide, we place safety at the forefront of what we do. We are proud to be one the first companies to achieve compliance to the ISO 45001 standard. We will continue to eliminate risks in the workplace and strive to build a culture where quality, safety, health and the environment underpins the values of all stakeholders in achieving an incident and injury free environment.”
Anne Scorey, UK Managing Director at BSI added: “Achieving conformity to the new international health and safety standard will bring huge benefits to organisations of all sizes and sectors – it will help businesses to provide a safe and healthy workplace for workers and other people, reduce work-related injury and ill-health as well as continually improving OH&S performance and enhancing organisational resilience.
“CBRE, Colas Rail Ltd, EMCOR UK, Eurovia UK, Interserve, Morgan Sindall, OKI Europe Ltd, OPG, Overbury and Ringway Jacobs should be delighted that they are the first to achieve conformity to the standard with BSI.”
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