This new standard follows the annex SL format in that it has 10 sections to make it easier to integrate with other management standards:
- Normative References
- Terms and definitions
- Context of the organisation
- Leadership and participation of workers
- Performance evaluation
There will be a period of three years from date of publication for BS OHSAS 18001 users to migrate to the new standard. Clearly a transition period was not applicable as this is a new standard.
It is hoped that there will be a greater uptake as it is now an ISO standard and that more companies will look to introduce an integrated management system with Quality (ISO9001) Environmental (ISO 14001) and Occupational Health & Safety (ISO 45001) together.
There are many advantages o this approach, as many of the elements of each standard can be combined to shorten operational staff time and also external certification body man-days.