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SS506:Part1:2009 - Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS)

SS 506:Part 1 is internationally recognized for occupational health and safety management systems. It was developed by a selection of leading trade bodies, international standards and Certification Bodies to set up a robust structured framework for organisations to manage Safety and Health and demonstrate universal evidence that they are compliant. It has been developed to be compatible with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. This allows organisations to integrate quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems throughout its operations.

SS 506:Part 1 SOCOTEC Certification Singapore is the first to be accredited by the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) to provide certification to SS506: Part 1 certification. The SS506:Part 1 with the same elements of an effective OSHMS has been designed to help organizations implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and information about OSH risks.

SS506:Part 1 specification is accepted throughout the world and has been developed to be compatible with ISO 9001:2015 (Quality) and ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental) management systems.

In additional, we could also offer accredited OHSAS certification under United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

Transition from BS OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001:2018
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has officially published ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems – Requirements with guidance for use on 12th March 2018. ISO 45001:2018 will replace BS OHSAS 18001:2007 – Occupational Health & Safety Management System. The stipulated transition period for ISO 45001:2018 is three years from 12th March 2018 till 11th March 2021. Therefore, as of 12th March 2021, BS OHSAS 18001:2007 shall cease.

SS 506:Part 1:2009/ BS OHSAS 18001:2007 (SAC) certification validity

From 11th September 2019, Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) has instructed for accredited certification bodies to conduct audits, including initial, surveillance and recertification to ISO 45001:2018 for their SS 506:Part 1:2009/ BS OHSAS 18001:2007 (SAC) certified clients even if they have not requested for migration to ISO 45001:2018. 

  1. Any deficiencies or gaps identified during the audit shall be raised as observations if the client has yet to request for migration to ISO 45001:2018.
  2. However, if the organization has requested for migration audit to ISO 45001:2018, deficiencies or gaps identified during the migration audit shall be raised as observation and/or non-conformity, depending on the severity of the finding.
  3. SS 506:Part 1:2009/ BS OHSAS 18001:2007 (SAC) certification is valid till 11th March 2021. 

For more details on ISO 45001:2018 transition process, please refer to the FAQ: ISO 45001:2018 FAQ

Key changes to ISO 45001:2018:

  • Greater flexibility in how organization’s document and structure their OH&S management system
  • Requirement for “documented information” rather than documented procedures and records 
  • Preventive action is no longer included as standard is preventive
  • New focus on the “Context” of the organization
  • Emphasis on understanding internal and external issues
  • Importance on the needs of interested parties
  • Strategic approach to OHS management
  • Greater emphasis on integration of OHS in management of the business
  • Greater involvement and emphasis on senior management leadership
  • More emphasis on the concept of risk management
  • Explicit emphasis on legal and other requirements
  • Greater focus of need to demonstrate compliance
  • Greater emphasis on hierarchy of controls
  • Management of change specifically included
  • Outsourcing and procurement made more explicit

Key Benefits of SS506:Part 1/ ISO 45001:2018:

  • Eliminate or minimise risk to employees and other interested parties who may be exposed to OH&S risks associated with your Organisation’s activities. 
  • Assurance of compliance to any relevant legislation, thereby reducing the risk of penalties
  • Improve operational efficiency through accident management reduction and reduction in downtime
  • Demonstrate commitment to health and safety to stakeholders