OPG Gains ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Certifications
First ten companies achieve conformity to the new international standard for occupational health and safety
CBRE GWS EMEA, Colas Rail Ltd, EMCOR UK, Eurovia UK, Interserve, Morgan Sindall, OKI UK Ltd, OPG, Overbury and Ringway Jacobs are the first ten UK and worldwide companies to have been independently assessed by BSI and achieve conformity to ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety.
The new international standard, which is now published, replaces OHSAS 18001 and sets out the requirements for those organizations 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 organizations 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 organizations 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.
Organizations currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will have three years to migrate to the new standard.
Alan Watson, General Manager at OPG Ltd said: “BSI has worked closely with OPG over the years to certify our integrated management system which remains the bedrock of our business improvement model. BSI gives us confidence that it remains fit for purpose through their expertise, diligence and integrity. OPG transitioned early to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, from the previous standards; it naturally followed that we’d be an early adopter of ISO 45001 to glean the benefits and advantages it brings to our IMS.”
Anne Scorey, UK Managing Director at BSI commented: “Achieving conformity to the new international health and safety standard will bring huge benefits to organizations 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 organizational 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.”
For more information, please visit https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/Occupational-Health-and-Safety-ISO-45001/