LRQA ISO Standards Update: ISO 45001 positioning statement

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has published draft requirements on the migration to ISO 45001 from OHSAS 18001. Although still to be confirmed by the OHSAS Project Group, the currently available information suggests that once ISO 45001 has been published, OHSAS 18001 will be withdrawn at the end of the agreed three year ‘migration period’.

Based on this, the expiry date of any OHSAS 18001:2007 certificates issued during the migration period must correspond to the end of the three year migration period.

One of the prime considerations for organisations already holding accredited OHSAS 18001 certification, is that certification bodies ensure continuity of certification and seamless migration to ISO 45001 within the agreed migration period.  LRQA’s processes for migration are therefore being developed to facilitate this through detailed migration planning with our clients.

As a starting point, organisations using OHSAS 18001:2007 are recommended to take the following actions:

  • Obtain a copy of ISO 45001 (or a copy of the earlier DIS if early planning and adoption is preferred)
  • Identify the gaps in the OHSMS which need to be addressed to meet any new requirements.
  • Develop an implementation plan.
  • Ensure that any new competency needs are met and create awareness for all parties that have an impact on the effectiveness of the OHSMS.
  • Update the existing OHSMS to meet the new requirements and provide verification of its effectiveness.
  • Liaise with their certification body for migration arrangements including any training needs and gap analysis.

LRQA will communicate with its existing clients and share guidance on the migration process and arrangements as soon as they are formalised.

The IAF is encouraging early adoption of ISO 45001 by current users of OHSAS 18001:2007 so that the expected benefits can be fully realised. Whilst LRQA are permitted to carry out client training and perform gap analysis at both DIS and FDIS stage, we are not permitted to issue accredited certifications to ISO 45001 until we have been accredited by a National Accreditation Body.

Migration processes are likely to take a similar approach as transition against the new versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, i.e. in conjunction with a routine surveillance, certificate renewal or a special audit. Further details of the specific migration arrangements will be communicated to clients at the earliest opportunity. The draft IAF migration requirements have already identified that due to the scale and nature of the changes introduced by ISO 45001, additional assessment time will be required and that migration cannot be absorbed into existing scheduled visits.

Through our extensive range of training and assessment services, LRQA is helping organisations worldwide transition to the new and revised ISO standards. For more information about ISO 45001, email enquiries@lrqa.com or visit www.lrqa.com/isostandardsupdate