Migrate from OHSAS 18001 to

SANS/ISO 45001 with SABS


The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is pleased to inform you that we have successfully transitioned our SANAS Accreditation from OH SAS 18001 to SANS/ISO 45001:2018.

The new standard, which is a more comprehensive Occupational Health and Safety Management System, was published in March 2018. The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) allows for a 3 year migration period from the time of publication. The implication of this rule is that all organisations certified to OHSAS 18001 will have until 11 March 2021 to complete the migration to SANS/ISO 45001.

In accordance with the above IAF rule, all OHSAS 18001:2007 certificates will expire on 12 March 2021.
The SABS Certification Division is however ready to accompany you on your migration journey through training sessions and workshops.

We encourage all clients to migrate to the new standard as soon as possible, in order to avoid unnecessary disruption of your business processes.

What would be expected from you during the migration audit?
Please ensure that the following points are demonstrated:

  • Training conducted on ISO 45001:2018 for personnel (Contact our Training Centre for an easy transition, scan OR code to be redirected to Training website);
  • Identified gaps in the OH&S Management Systems which need to be addressed in order to meet any new requirements as stated in ISO 45001:2018;
  • Developed Migration/Implementation Plan;
  • Ensure that any new competency needs are met and create awareness for all parties that have an impact on the effectiveness of the OH&S Management Systems;
  • Update the existing OH&S management systems to meet the new requirements and provide verification of its effectiveness.

How do you schedule a migration audit?
The migration audit will automatically be part of the planned audits schedules for 2020, SABS therefore does not foresee any disruptions to the current auditing plans/schedules. However, should you wish to migrate to the new standard sooner, please contact us in advance and we will gladly assist. In order to ensure timeous migration, SABS will conduct all migration audits in 2020.

For any queries regarding the above, please contact SABS Contact Centre:

Phone: 0861 27 7227
Email: info@sabs.co.za

For more information on SABS Migration (key differences from OHSAS 18001) and SANS/ISO 45001 Training, how to get ready, the new standard, please download the brochure below.

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