New Standards

All currently certified AS/NZS 4801:2001 and OHSAS 18001:2007 clients will have been affected by the release of the ISO 45001:2018 standard early in 2018.

The ISO 45001:2018 safety standard has replaced the current versions, and has moved into adopting the approach of what is known as Annex SL - this is a specific hierarchical structure that provides a much more consistent framework to applying the standard. Now, the good news is, if you're already ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 certified (which also use Annex SL), then this new ISO 45001:2018 change will mean you will be able to have multiple standards that all follow the same layout and same clause structure, and can seamlessly overlay with each other (rather than the current 4801 or 18001 standards not following the same layout).

What does this mean for you if you're currently AS/NZS 4801:2001 or OHSAS 18001:2007 certified? Well do not fear. Global Certification is here to assist with facilitating this transition.

This transition is allowed for three years meaning that if you have certificate covering the current 4801:2001 or 18001:2007 standards, they will all expire no later than 13 March 2021. The IAF and JAS-ANZ have made a requirement that all Certification Bodies must have finalised the transition at least six months prior to end of the transition period (13 March 2021). This means that all organisations must have been successful in meeting the 2018 version of the safety standard by the 13th September 2020.

So what should you do now?

We will begin this by every client in the 2019 year receiving a complimentary gap analysis of your current processes, against this ISO 45001:2018 standard at your 2019 audit. With the results of this gap analysis, you will have until your audit in 2020 to have the results of the gap analysis implemented, so we can transition you to the ISO 45001:2018 standard, before the expiry of your previous AS/NZS 4801:2001 or OHSAS 18001:2007 certification. We advise that you obtain a copy of this ISO 45001:2018 standard first and foremost.

For your reference, we have attached a simple transition plan which outlines what the key changes are and what it means for your business (located at the bottom of this page).

Should you have any questions or queries in relation to this transition, please email at,

More Information

We have developed a number of reports based on the new standards. These are available on request from our Head office.


Phone: 61 754283090

The transition plan presentation slides have also been made available:

Transition Plan ISO 45001:2018