Wiser transitioning to new health & safety standard

Wiser Group is in the process of transitioning to the new Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard BS ISO 45001 from OHSAS 18001.

The new ISO 45001 standard was published in March 2018. With it, the International Organization for Standardization aims to improve health & safety in the workplace and reduce the thousands of lives lost each year from accidents or fatal diseases linked to work activities. The ‘world’s first global occupational health and safety management system standard’ differs significantly from the current occupational health and safety management standard OHSAS 18001:2007.

Wiser Group is currently reviewing its systems to ensure that we meet the requirements of the ISO 45001 standards and will be making improvements where identified to ensure a smooth transition to the new certification. Having transitioned last summer to the new ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards, Wiser Group has already restructured its management systems with greater top management involvement and a risk-based approach in line with the newer standard requirements. Working with UKAS accredited ISO certification body ISOQAR, we expect to have transitioned from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001 by early 2020.

OHSAS 18001 is being withdrawn following publication of ISO 45001 so companies that are currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will have a three-year period to upgrade to ISO 45001 (by 11th March 2021). If you would like assistance to transition to the new ISO 45001 standard, please contact our sister company, Wiser Environment, on 01480 462 232. Find out more about their integrated management systems and business support services and their health and safety in the workplace services.

Wiser Group recently had its management system certifications renewed until 2022 and expanded to incorporate the West Yorkshire Approved Authorised Treatment Facility in Huddersfield. You can download our current certifications on our compliance page.