The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has been granted accreditation by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for BS EN ISO 45001:2018 – the world’s first International Standard for occupational Health and Safety which replaces the British Standard OHSAS 18001.
Health and Safety in the workplace is of paramount importance, of course. In providing a framework to increase safety, reduce workplace risks and enhance health and well-being at work, ISO 45001 enables an organisation to proactively manage its occupational Health and Safety performance.
The good news for organisations holding management systems approvals such as ISO 9001 (referencing Quality Management Systems) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems) is that the new ISO 45001:2018 is structured in the same way. This means it can be readily integrated into any organisation’s existing management system. The NSI’s audit regime is designed in a similarly integrated way such that NSI approved companies benefit from streamlined audit programmes conducted by qualified auditors, thereby saving them time and cost.
NSI Gold approved companies, who are required by the NSI to operate an ISO 9001 Quality Management System, may now choose to maximise the advantage of their NSI approval by integrating ISO 45001 into their management system, bringing benefits to their employees, clients and their business as a whole.
Richard Jenkins, the NSI’s CEO, commented: “Health and Safety in the workplace is a fundamental responsibility for all organisations. The NSI welcomes ISO 45001:2018 which makes it easier for organisations to integrate Health and Safety into their quality management system, assure themselves they manage their responsibilities effectively and clearly demonstrate to stakeholders and clients alike their credentials as a responsible partner and employer.”
Jenkins added: “The NSI’s accreditation by UKAS for ISO 45001:2018 enhances our management system certification portfolio and the ability for us to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ capability for NSI Gold approved companies. Aligned with this, our commitment to training and the Continuing Professional Development of our audit team means multi-skilled capability ensures seamless integrated audits for NSI approved organisations as well as sound guidance for those companies seeking approval to any scheme for the first time.”
NSI approved companies who previously adopted OHSAS 18001 have until 11 March 2021 to transition to ISO 45001:2018.