AS/NZS 4801 & OHSAS 18001 Safety Certification

Safety is the condition of being protected from harm.

A certified safety system can help

  • assists in meeting legal obligations and licensing conditions,
  • develop a methodology for identifying hazards within your workplace and,
  • assess and control safety risks within your organisation.

Zero harm and 100% legal compliance is the goal for many organisations when it comes to safety. Both of these challenges require systematic management discipline.

What is the difference between AS/NZS4801 & OHSAS18001?

When deciding to seek certification of the organisations safety management system there are currently two options – OHSAS 18001 or AS/NZ 4801. Below I will explore some of the key differences between these two standards.

Why do I need to certify my safety system?

Seeking safety certification to either OHSAS18001 or AS/NZS4801 Safety Management Systems has numerous potential benefits for any organisation that implements compliant systems, from small businesses to large corporates.

What are the benefits of getting Safety Certification?

Companies often initially seek certification for external reasons such as getting on preferred supplier’s lists, improving company image and responding to customer demands but safety certification can have more benefits beyond more work.

How can I get certified?

Getting ISO certification is a lot easier than you might think, We take you through the three step audit process from your initial enquiry to the final certification decision.

Have you looked at our self assessment checklists yet?

We worked hard so you don’t have to: our checklists break down the standard in plain English so you can understand the requirements and what your business needs to do to get certified.

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AS/NZS 4801 Key Aspects & Benefits

Certification to the Australian and New Zealand standard for safety management system AS/NZS 4801 demonstrates that there is management commitment to safe work practices and the appropriate business infrastructure to make every reasonable attempt to bring certainty and consistency in safety performance.

Key Aspects:

  • OHS Policy
  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Measurement and Evaluation
  • Management Review

Key Benefits:

  • Ensures you have an effective OHS policy and objectives
  • Reduces workplace injuries
  • A process to identify hazards and manage safety risks
  • Demonstrate your commitment to safety to internal and external stakeholders
  • Access to key markets

OHSAS 18001 Key Aspects & Benefits

Certification to the International standard for safety management system OHSAS 18001 demonstrates that there is management commitment to safe work practices and the appropriate business infrastructure to make every reasonable attempt to bring certainty and consistency in safety performance.

Key Aspects:

  • OHS Policy
  • Planning
  • Implementation and Operation
  • Checking
  • Management Review

Key Benefits:

  • Ensures you have an effective OHS policy and objectives
  • Reduces workplace injuries
  • A process to identify hazards and manage safety risks
  • Demonstrate your commitment to safety to internal and external stakeholders
  • Access to key markets

ISO 45001: The new international standard

As it is announced by the ISO Committee ISO/PC 283 – Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO), ISO 45001 will replace other occupational health and safety standards such as OHSAS 18001 as the world’s most recognised occupational health and safety management systems standard as well as AS/NZS 4801 as an Australian/New Zealand standard. The ISO 45001 will be published in 2016 based on the High Level Structure (HLS) and aligned with the ISO 9001, quality management system and ISO 14001, environmental management system standards that are supposed to be published in September 2017.

In the committee draft version of the ISO 45001, similar to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, there are 10 sections listed as below.

1. Scope
2. Normative references
3. Terms and definitions
4. Context of the organisation
5. Leadership
6. Planning
7. Support
8. Operations
9. Performance evaluation
10. Improvement

The choice between the OHSAS 18001 and AS/NZ 4801 is completely up to the company, which is garnering certification, and both are recognised equally within Australia. Both standards have the same aim in looking to eliminate injury and illness in the workplace. With few differences between these two standards, development of a safety management system for one of the standards does not require much more in the way of specificity for certification to the other standards. Many organisations will look to certify to both standards – they are that similar.

Our safety policy

Safety Policy

How we do business

Policy Statement

Compass Assurance Services is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all its workers including contractors; and to operate in such a way to as to cause zero harm to all stakeholders including workers, neighbours, suppliers, clients and the general public.

To achieve this, we will:

  • Comply with all relevant OHS legislation and other requirements to which Compass Assurance Services subscribes (or are placed upon Compass Assurance Services)
  • Ensure health and safety is considered in all our work planning activities
  • Identify all potential hazards in the work place, with the aim of eliminating them completely or minimising their risk.
  • Develop and maintain a management system with measurable objectives and targets which will undergo regular review to improve the system.
  • Involve workers (including contractors) in decision-making processes through regular communication and consultation.
  • Ensure all accidents are thoroughly investigated to prevent their recurrence.

 

Monitoring & Reporting

The effectiveness of this policy will be monitored. An annual review of its effectiveness will be made by the Board.

Endorsement

This policy is endorsed by the Board of Directors and the document is owned by the Managing Director.