Significant changes to OHSMS requirements
There are a number of areas where the requirements in ISO/DIS 45001 represent a significant departure from those set out in OHSAS 18001 and Annex SL. These include the following key changes:
- Increased emphasis on worker participation and the inclusion of explicit requirements
for involving workers’ representatives in organizational decision making.
- Complex planning requirements that would replace Annex SL’s risk-based thinking approach with requirements to control every risk and opportunity.
Lack of clarity related to riskbased thinking requirements
There’s been a great deal of discussion about the new risk-based thinking requirements in ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. The issues related to Handling “risks and opportunities” in these standards are also present in ISO/DIS 45001.
Section 6 of ISO/DIS 45001 is long and disjointed, and many new subclauses were added. This has led to a lack of clarity about what is actually required.