OHSAS 18001 / ISO 45001 Certification in Kuwait

ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management

OHSAS 18001:2007 Has been replaced by ISO 45001:2018 Standard. However you can go for the OHSAS 18001 certification till 12th March 2021, but it is advisable to go for ISO 45001 standard Certification.

What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is a newly published international Management system standard for Occupational Health and Safety. It outlines the requirements for Occupational Health and Safety Management system for the occupants in the premises. This ISO 45001 is applicable to all the types and size of the organization and the main aim of this standard is to establish the safe and healthy environment and prevent the ill health and regular and continual improvement of the occupational health and safety Management system performance. ISO 45001 will replace OHSAS 18001 in over a period of 3 years and hence will become the next international standard for occupational health and safety.

Why is ISO 45001 Certification ?

The accidents or casualties in any organization does not occur after identification of the position or level of the employee in any organization. The employee can be the manager, supervisor, operator or the director of the organization. The occupational health and safety management system allows you to share the same goal of minimizing the number of occupational hazards in the organization. ISO 45001 Certification helps you to work as per the framework that ISO 45001 lays to identify and prevent and avoid the work related injuries.

Once you obtain or start the process of ISO 45001 certification, you prove to your employees that you care about the well being of the employees of your organization and you continually work towards the welfare of them.

Along with this, you shall receive the internally recognized ISO 45001 Certification on occupational health and safety management system which will proof that you are well aware of the policies and procedures that you need to maintain to keep the place of your work safe and secure and reduce the injuries that can take place during the work with your employees. You will also gain a competitive advantage by improving your brand’s reputation.

Benefits of ISO 45001 Certification- Occupational Health and Safety Management

By becoming ISO 45001 certified you will be able to:
Reduce and slowly eliminate the injuries, causalities and ill health in your organization.
You will be able to eliminate and minimize the hazards in your organizations.
The performance of your occupational health and safety management system will improve
The operations will deviate from detection to prevention mode.
The brand reputation will be protected and rather improved.
The system of evaluating the compliance with current legislation will improve.

Steps to ISO 45001 Certifications in Kuwait:

1. Learn about ISO 45001

It is very important to have the basic knowledge of the intent of ISO 45001 certifications. Unless you do not have the idea of what ISO 45001 is all about, it will be really difficult for you to handle the whole process.

2. Perform ISO 45001 Gap Analysis

Once you have studied about ISO 45001, you need to perform the GAP Analysis of the implementation of your quality system inline with ISO 45001 requirements.

SIS can help you to perform the GAP Analysis through their various consultant associates.

3. Develop a ISO 45001 Project Plan

After the Gap analysis is done, you now have a set of work to be done by your team. Distribute the project to your team according to the departments they are into.

This will help your organization to fill the gaps analyzed during the GAP Analysis.

4. Train Employees for ISO 45001 Certifications

It is very important to get the format training of the employees to get the basic knowledge of the standard. Few can get the Awareness training and the top management can get the internal auditor training as this is also the requirement to perform the internal audit and it can only be done by those who have gone through the internal auditor training process.

5. Document your system as per ISO 45001- Occupational Health and Safety Management system

Now when your team is trained as per ISO 45001 and the work for ISO 45001 is distributed to the team. Now is the time for the documentation of the whole ISO 45001 system at one place and mark them as master documents.

6. Implement the ISO 45001 Management system

One the ISO 45001 system has been documented, The ISO 45001 documented system needs to be implemented to make sure that the Quality Management System system is written is implied on the organizations management system.

7. Perform ISO 45001 Internal Audits

Once the ISO 45001 system has been implemented, there is a requirement to perform the internal audits as Per the requirements of ISO 45001 standard to identify if there are any gaps in the ISO 45001 documented system and the implemented system.

8. Prepare for the ISO 45001 Certification audit

Now when all the above steps are completed, the application for the ISO 45001 certification will be required to be filled for registration. Once the ISO 45001 registration is done, the auditor will come for the audit of the ISO system documented and implemented. Once they find all the system as per the requirements of ISO 45001 are in place, they shall recommend your system to be in compliance of the ISO 45001 standard and shall send your report to the accreditation board for review and issue of final ISO 45001 certificate.

9. Continually improve your ISO 45001 Occupational Health and management System

There are frequent ISO 45001 surveillance audits also involved in the ISO 45001 certification. This frequency can be Six Monthly, Nine Monthly or yearly. The ISO 45001 system needs to be maintained to keep the records of the system being monitored and maintained as the whole system is liable to be verified during the ISO 45001 surveillance audits.