ISO 45001:2018 - Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSMS)
Over 7 600 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases - that’s over 2.78 million every year.
The burden of occupational injuries and diseases is significant, both for employers and the wider economy, resulting in losses from early retirements, staff absence and rising insurance premiums.
To combat the problem, ISO has developed a new standard, ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems - Requirements, that will help organizations reduce this burden by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.
ISO 45001:2018 specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, and gives guidance for its use, to enable organizations to provide safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injury and ill health, as well as by proactively improving its OH&S performance.
ISO 45001:2018 is applicable to any organization that wishes to establish, implement and maintain an OH&S management system to improve occupational health and safety, eliminate hazards and minimize OH&S risks (including system deficiencies), take advantage of OH&S opportunities, and address OH&S management system nonconformities associated with its activities.
ISO 45001:2018 helps an organization to achieve the intended outcomes of its OH&S management system. Consistent with the organization's OH&S policy, the intended outcomes of an OH&S management system include:
a) continual improvement of OH&S performance;
b) fulfilment of legal requirements and other requirements;
c) achievement of OH&S objectives.
ISO 45001:2018 is applicable to any organization regardless of its size, type and activities. It is applicable to the OH&S risks under the organization's control, taking into account factors such as the context in which the organization operates and the needs and expectations of its workers and other interested parties.
ISO 45001:2018 does not state specific criteria for OH&S performance, nor is it prescriptive about the design of an OH&S management system. ISO 45001:2018 enables an organization, through its OH&S management system, to integrate other aspects of health and safety, such as worker wellness/wellbeing.
ISO 45001:2018 does not address issues such as product safety, property damage or environmental impacts, beyond the risks to workers and other relevant interested parties.
ISO 45001:2018 can be used in whole or in part to systematically improve occupational health and safety management. However, claims of conformity to this document are not acceptable unless all its requirements are incorporated into an organization's OH&S management system and fulfilled without exclusion.
The above information is abstracted from International Organization for Standardization (www.iso.org).
How can Concord Associates Pte Ltd help your organisation in the development and certification of ISO 45001, or, in the migration / transition of your OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001?
With our team of expert consultants, we will conduct an initial gap analysis in your safety & health management system. Thereafter, we will provide the necessary consultancy services such as development, internal audits, implementation assistance etc as well as closure of findings after the certification audits, to help your company achieve ISO 45001.
Trainings will also be conducted, to enhance the competency within your staff for effective implementation of ISO 45001.
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The WSH (Design for Safety) Regulations has been gazetted and published on 10 July 2015 and has been in operation since 1 August 2016.

The key provisions of the proposed WSH (DfS) Regulations are:
1. To place duties on developers and designers
The proposed Regulations will place duties on developers and designers to identify and address foreseeable risks throughout the lifecycle of a construction project. Where risks cannot be mitigated by design interventions, it will have to be communicated to those involved in the construction project.
2. To require implementation of a DfS review process throughout every phase of the construction project
The implementation of a DfS review process throughout every phase of the construction project (or whenever design changes are made) would ensure that risks in the design are highlighted and managed in a systematic and coordinated way. By making it a mandatory requirement, we can ensure that time and resources are set aside to address the WSH risks at the design and planning stage.
3. To require a DfS register for all construction projects
To ensure vital information is communicated downstream, the regulations will require proper record keeping of WSH risk for future reference via a DfS register. The DfS register will record (i) safety and health issues identified during the design reviews and actions taken; and (ii) risks that cannot be removed through design changes. The DfS register should be a live document which will be updated as and when new WSH risks are identified.
4. To allow developers to appoint a DfS professional
Developers have the option to discharge their duties, such as the facilitation of the DfS review process and the preparation of a DfS register, to a DfS professional. Nonetheless, to ensure that developers take responsibility for the risks they create, they would have to make arrangements to ensure that the DfS professional carries out his assigned duties with due diligence.
5. To mandate it for projects with contract value of $10 million and above 
For a start, the Regulations apply only to projects with contract value of $10 million and above. Over the last two years, about 80% of fatal accidents and dangerous occurrences in the construction industry were contributed by projects with contract value of $10 million and above.


The above information is abstracted from www.wshc.sg.
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APB135 Concord Associates Pte Ltd Singapore 2017.12.20-page-001
6 November, 2017 – PECB, a leading global provider in professional ISO standards certification and training courses, and Concord Associates Pte Ltd, today announced the new business partnership agreement and integration between two development environments in exchange of partnership training services and certification to individuals and companies. This partnership agreement includes a common interest of PECB and the Concord Associates Pte Ltd, in providing Certification Audits to companies and in distributing PECB training materials and offering training courses for individuals and companies in Singapore, regarding ISO 9001 / ISO 14001 / OHSAS 18001 and others.
“This partnership agreement between our companies will transform the delivery of training courses and business services in general, by bringing together the professionalism, integrity and excellence,” said Eric Lachapelle, the CEO of PECB. “We believe that this collaboration is a perfect fit for customers that need to engross valuable management services and worldwide recognized certificates, concerning ISO training courses. This partnership between our companies will assist us in providing training courses and certification services, and help us to realize the long term goals of becoming the global benchmark for the provision of professional certification services. We both have great teams of professionals, and resources that will be a great support to this partnership,” concluded Lachapelle.
“We are very excited with this new partnership with PECB. PECB is an internationally recognized certification body and global training provider of numerous management system standards that are relevant to our clients’ needs. As such, the partnership is an important step for us because we are aiming to be a global certification and training provider. The partnership with PECB would surely help us enrich and enhance our existing services and also introduce newer services. We look forward to the partnership with optimism,” said Bryan Sio, the Director of Concord Associates Pte Ltd.
About PECB 
PECB is a certification body for persons, management systems, and products on a wide range of international standards. As a global provider of training, examination, audit, and certification services, PECB offers its expertise on multiple fields, including but not limited to Information Security, IT, Business Continuity, Service Management, Quality Management Systems, Risk & Management, Health, Safety, and Environment. 
We help professionals and organizations to show commitment and competence with internationally recognized standards by providing this assurance through the education, evaluation and certification against rigorous, internationally recognized competence requirements. Our mission is to provide our clients comprehensive services that inspire trust, continual improvement, demonstrate recognition, and benefit society as a whole. For further information regarding PECB principal objectives and activities, visit www.pecb.com .
Above article is extracted from: https://pecb.com/en/newsDetail?nid=571
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