BMW asking for ISO 45001 Certification

BMW in their “BMW Group International Terms and Conditions for the Purchase of Production Materials and Automotive Components”  dated March 31, 2018 has included a section on Social Responsibility (see section 21).  In section 21.1 they ask suppliers to  implement “a  certified occupational health and safety management system in accordance with OHSAS 18001 or ISO 45001 or a recognized and certified occupational health and safety management system”.

It would appear that the automotive manufacturing companies will begin asking suppliers to implement and certify their process to management certified occupational health and safety. We see many of our large multi-site clients implementing an ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) and planing to either seek certification or self-certify their programs. From a supplier management perspective this makes commons sense because a serious injury or fatality can easily shut down production for many days if not longer.

So what does this mean for a company with a well document and functioning OSHA based compliance system? The ISO 45001:2015 will simply be a Plan-Do-Check-Act overlay of the OSHA program that will drive the management of the process. Companies will need to improve the documentation of their hazard identification and risk assessment process, processes for consultation and participation, development of leading OHS indicators, and OHS continual improvement process.

Please see our ISO 45001:2018 overview on You Tube.  We are also offering the following webinar “GET ISO45001:2018 CERTIFIED in 120 DAYS“.  This program provides a detailed overview of the ISO 45001:2018 standard and tools to implement the requirements. Please contact us with any questions on how to develop a certified OHSMS.

James Charles
EHS Management Strategies, LLC
(616) 666-5490
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