Event Details

Wednesday, 2 June, 2021 - 14:30 to 15:30
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)


Zoom Webinar


AIHS Member: $20+GST I  Non-Member: $65+GST


Event Organising Body: 
Australian Institute of Health & Safety
(03) 8336 1995



Join us on Wednesday 2 June 2021 for the presentation titled Transitioning to AS/NZS ISO 45001: Is it worth the effort?

As of 2019, AS/NZS 4801:2001, which was a regional standard, was superseded by AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018, which is based on the respective international standard. Regardless of implementing already a 4801-certified Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OHSMS) or contemplating the (re)design of a current OHSMS to comply with 45001, it is necessary for OHS professionals to consider various parameters.

The presentation will focus on three critical areas. First, based on a detailed gap analysis, it will list the major and minor differences between the two standards, 4801 and 45001, with a focus on structure, terminology and content. Second, the presentation will refer to various practicalities relating to the transition to the newer standard (e.g., resources, necessary preconditions, organisational changes) as a means to help organisations plan their actions effectively and timely. Last, we will discuss the extent to which the changes introduced by the new standard are supported by published studies and research.

This will offer a deeper understanding of any respective theoretical underpinnings and suggest whether any changes or differences in the new standard imply a shift in our thinking and approaches to OHS management. Based on a comprehensive literature review, we will present evidence or counterevidence about the benefits the changes are expected to bring for regulators, companies, and employees.


  • Implementation of an OHSMS in line with an internationally recognised standard can contribute to legislative compliance through systematic elimination or minimisation of known risks.
  • ISO 45001 takes a principles-based rather than a prescriptive approach to OHSMS. It can be scaled to the size and complexity of an organisation and focuses on system-level guidance instead of providing specific details for how the provisions of the standard should be implemented.
  • Implementation of ISO 45001:2018 requires an extensive shift in processes regarding risk mapping across the whole organisational envelope, including consideration for psychosocial risks, as well as the impact of contractors and part-time workforce on risk profiles. Also, training and employee consultation arrangements will expectedly increase.
  • However, through this investment, the literature supports that organisations can gain greater insights into OHS risks and can improve OHS performance. Besides, consultation and employee participation, as well as greater leadership involvement in OHS matters, will foster a preventative safety culture.
  • AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 presents an opportunity for both organisations and regulators to improve on OHS outcomes, whilst there are financial and organisational implications related to the transition, the mid- and long-term benefits for the industry could be significant.

Date: Wednesday 2 June 2021
Time: 14:30 - 15:30 AEST
Cost: AIHS Member: $20+GST I  Non-Member: $65+GST
Format: Zoom Webinar (login details will be distributed 2-3 days prior to the event)


Prof Nektarios Karanikas, Health, Safety and Environment, Queensland University of Technology

Nektarios Karanikas is an Associate Professor in Health, Safety and Environment of the School of Public Health & Social Work in QUT. He studied MSc Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics at Cranfield University (UK), and he was awarded his doctorate in Safety and Quality Management from Middlesex University (UK). Nektarios worked for 18 years as an officer at the Hellenic Air Force where he served in various positions related to maintenance, safety and quality management, including accident investigations. In addition to his academic qualifications, he holds professional qualifications in OHS, human factors, project management and engineering and has been a member of various national and international associations. He has (co)authored various peer-reviewed journal and conference articles with a focus on safety/risk management, he has presented his work in more than 70 events, and he actively volunteers in a wide range of scientific and professional activities.