What is an ISO 45001 Gap Analysis?
If your organization is looking to implement the ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, the first step is to compare your current system to the requirements of the ISO 45001 standard. This is most commonly called a Gap Analysis. It is important to understand what the Gap Analysis involves, and what information it will provide.
Recommended steps to be completed before conducting the Gap Analysis:
- Identify one or more people to conduct the Gap Analysis; it is helpful if they understand ISO 45001 and Occupational Health and Safety or have auditing experience.
- You may also want to consider having assistance from a consultant.
- Create or purchase a Gap Analysis Checklist.
The 45001 Store sells a OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001 Gap Analysis Checklist for $59.
The most important tool for an organization’s Gap Analysis, is the Gap Analysis Checklist. The Gap Analysis Checklist is a list of the requirements written in question format. The Auditor will use this list to compare the system that is in place with the standard requirements. The checklist provides the team with recommendations of what documents to look for, examples of what will meet the requirements and other guidance on creating an OHSMS that meets the standard. It becomes the roadmap of your project, telling you what areas of your existing system need revision. The implementation team now knows where to focus their efforts.
You should use the completed checklist to make task lists for the implementation plan. For each section of the standard you will want to prepare a list of items that need to be implemented, redesigned or documented.