Amid this raft of demands in your business, minimising the risk of injury in the workplace can be challenging. Failure to manage the continual changes in legislation can have costly consequences such as fines, suspensions, loss of operating rights, loss of customers or severe reputation damage.
The onus is on business to ensure they have a sound strategy in place to keep track of updates and mitigate risk. This underpins an organisation overall risk management function and a vital responsibility of businesses.
A well-prepared business will have developed a strong WH&S culture including an effective risk management plan. As a result, it will provide significant benefits for an organisation such as avoiding time out of the business.
Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) is pivotal to organisations face every day and is important in managing the reputation of the organisation, as well as providing a safe work environment. Compliance is a critical issue for all business and is required at law.
Compass Business Advisory works with clients to help them to better understand and manage their workplace health and safety environment. We make a complex subject simple and easy to understand.
All currently certified AS/NZS 4801:2001 and OHSAS 18001:2007 clients will have been affected by the release of the ISO 45001:2018 standard early in 2018
The ISO 45001:2018 safety standard has replaced the current versions, and has moved into adopting the approach of what is known as Annex SL - this is a specific hierarchical structure that provides a much more consistent framework to applying the standard. Now, the good news is, if you're already ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 certified (which also use Annex SL), then this new ISO 45001:2018 change will mean you will be able to have multiple standards that all follow the same layout and same clause structure, and can seamlessly overlay with each other (rather than the current 4801 or 18001 standards not following the same layout).
What does this mean for you if you're currently AS/NZS 4801:2001 or OHSAS 18001:2007 certified? Well do not fear. Compass is here to assist with facilitating this transition.
This transition is allowed for three years meaning that if you have certificate covering the current 4801:2001 or 18001:2007 standards, they will all expire no later than 13 March 2021. The IAF and JAS-ANZ have made a requirement that all Certification Bodies must have finalised the transition at least six months prior to end of the transition period (13 March 2021). This means that all organisations must have been successful in meeting the 2018 version of the safety standard by the 13th September 2020.