Migration from the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard to the new ISO 45001:2018 standard

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Hereby QS Quality Services would like to inform you about the changes resulting from the issue of the new standard ISO 45001:2018
The fundamental innovation introduced is that this is the first certifiable ISO standard on Management Systems for Health and Safety at Work, which provides an overall framework for those companies that deal with health and safety of workers.
The development of ISO 45001 follows the new common ISO framework for management system standards, which includes a unified high-level structure (HLS), as well as common texts and terminology to ensure accordance and compatibility of integration with other ISO standards, such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001; new specific requirements have also been included that may require some changes to your organization's management system.The ISO 45001 standard aims’ is to lead organizations to adequate risk management for workers' health and safety and to improve their performance in this field on the basis of legislative compliance.
If you are going to adapt the MS to the migration of the new standard, we recommend to the organization:
• (if applicable) to resolve any non-compliance/findings for the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard issued during the previous verification by QS or other CB, to allow the transition to ISO 45001;
• to examine in depth the contents and requirements of the new standard;
• to realize an analysis of the standard in question to identify the organization’s MS gaps in relation to the new requirements;
• to develop a transition plan to implement the new requirements or directly implement the changes to the system;
• to train and inform all the interested parties that have an impact on the effectiveness of the OH&S MS in order to honor the expected competence requirements;
• to agree with QS a transition plan in accordance with the new standard.

The new ISO 45001:2018 standard has been issued on 12th March, 2018 and to entry into force, the IAF (International Accreditation Forum, (Ref IAF MD 21:2018) has established a transitional period of 3 years from its publication.
Based on these documents, the certifications issued in accordance with OHSAS 18001: 2007 standard, issued after the publication of the new standard ISO 45001:2018, will automatically lose their validity after three years from that date.
This means that the validity of the certificates issued in compliance with the OHSAS 18001:2007 are not valid after the end of the transition period (March 11th, 2021), regardless of the actual expiry date that may be later. Therefore, the adoption of the new standard and the relative assessment of the effective implementation of the system should be carried out no later than 3 years after the publication of the ISO 45001:2018 standard.
For better time and cost optimization, we invite QS customers to carry out transition assessment during the recertification audit or during the annual surveillance audit as planned by your certification cycle.
In any case, for the certification in compliance with the new standard, it will be necessary to stipulate a new contract for new companies or update the existing contract for companies under surveillance or renewal of certification.

In case the customer chooses to perform the migration assessment separately from the planned audit, an offer will be issued to perform an extraordinary audit.
The man/day time of a migration audit will be at least 1 day (will be calculated from time to time based on the data and company realities/risks/activities etc) to be added to what is already indicated in the certification agreement concluded with QS
For customers already certified OHSAS 18001:2007, in case of positive result of the migration audit, a certificate will be issued according to the ISO 45001:2018 standard that respects the certification cycle previously started in compliance with the previous standard.
QS is going to inform its own customers as soon as the accreditation process has been completed and authorized by ESYD in accordance with ISO 45001:2018.


Until to 3 years from the publication of the new ISO 45001:2018, new certifications and renewals issued for both editions of OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 45001:2018 will be valid.
The expiry date of the OHSAS 18001: 2007 certifications issued during the transitional period of 3 years shall correspond to the end of this period on March 11th 2021 even if the effective deadline of the certification cycle will be later than that date.
Attention: from March13th, 2020 it will not be possible to issue new certifications or renewals in compliance with the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard

After 3 years from the publication of the new ISO 45001:2018, the certification issued will cease to be valid and will be revoked at the same time.


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