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AS/NZS ISO 45001 OHS Management Systems available for certification in Australia and NZ

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AS/NZS ISO 45001, Occupational Health and safety management systems - Requirements, has been formally adopted as a joint Australian and New Zealand standard according to Catherine Dunkerley, Senior Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Standards Australia, during the National Safety Conference, part of SAFETYconnect in August.

The new standard is now available for certifications in place of the existing AS/NZS 4801 OHS Management Standard, for all businesses in Australia and New Zealand, with the exception of one industry (see below).

Of course companies can still obtain certification to AS/NZS 4801 for probably another two or three years. But, as AS/NZS ISO 45001 meets the new 10 section standard format to match other management system standards such as AS/NZS ISO 9001 quality management and AS/NZS ISO 14001 environmental management, it is arguable that new candidates for OHS certifications should not now consider AS/NZS 4801 as it would very likely be more expensive to change certifications at a later stage.

The industry exception is the asbestos removal industry in both two countries. Currently, AS/NZS 4801:2001 remains cited in the Asbestos sections of the Australian Work Health Safety Regulations 2017 and NZ Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. Asbestos removalists must wait until the Australian and/or New Zealand the governments decide to change the relevant legislation. One option for asbestos removalists is to consider obtaining a dual certification to AS/NZS 4801 and AS/NZS ISO 45001. There is not much in AS/NZS 4801 that is not in ISO 45001 and it would justify management system setup in line with the new international safety standard

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