As we discussed in our previous article, there are similarities between the underlying principles of ISO 45001 and the harmonised Australian Work Health & Safety legislation.
The new ISO 45001 appears to be a better tool for managing risk and improving OHS performance. Continuous improvement should be far greater with an ISO 45001-compliant system.
However, it is important to keep in mind that at this stage AS/NZS 4801:2001 has not changed and remains the current industry standard in Australia. It is premature to speculate as to whether ISO 45001 will be adopted in Australia as a replacement of the current industry standard, and Standards Australia has reminded Australian organisations that AS/NZS 4801:2001 is the relevant standard in Australia.
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