ISO45001 / ASNZS4801 Management Systems

ISO45001 and AS/NZS4801 are management systems that discharge the organisations obligations under the relevant Work Health and Safety Legislation, while providing an international agreed structure. Odin Business Solutions specialised in the development, implementation and maintenance of management systems, compliant to the requirements of ISO45001 and AS/NZS4801.

What is ISO45001 and AS/NZS4801?

ISO45001 and AS/NZS4801 are International and Australian standards that set out the requirements to systematically manage Occupational Health and Safety within the workplace.

Although AS/NZS4801 was developed by Joint Accreditation Australia and New Zealand (AS/NZS), both standards are equally recognised within Australia.

When implemented, AS/NZS4801 management systems can assist organisations with reducing workplace illness and injury, while discharging the organisations obligations under the Health and Safety Act. Implementation can also assist organisations with legal imperatives, ethical concerns, industrial relations, workplace safety, and improve financial performance.

ISO45001 is the new ISO standard for occupational health and safety, set to supersede OHSAS18001 within the next 3 years. There are many differences between ISO45001 and OHSAS18001, however the main change is that ISO45001 concentrates on the interaction between an organisation and its business environment, while OHSAS18001 was focused on managing OH&S hazards and other internal issues.

Major differences between ISO45001 and AS/NZS4801

  • ISO45001 is process based -AS/NZS4801 is procedure based
  • ISO45001 is dynamic in all clauses – AS/NZS4801 is not
  • ISO45001 considers both risk and opportunities – AS/NZS4801 deals exclusively with risk
  • ISO45001 includes the views of interested parties – AS/NZS4801 does not

These points represent a significant shift in the way health and safety management is perceived. OH&S in no longer treated as a “stand alone” system, but must be viewed within the perspective of running a sound and sustainable organisation. That said, although the two standards differ in their approach, a management system established in accordance with AS/NZS4801 will be a solid platform for migrating to ISO45001 if required.

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