Calibration Requirements of ISO 45001:2018
Occupational Health and Safety Management System Compliance
What is ISO 45001?
ISO 45001:2018 is an international standard that provides a framework for organizations to establish, implement, and maintain an effective Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS). The primary goal of ISO 45001 is to help organizations reduce workplace risks, enhance employee safety, and comply with applicable laws and regulations. GageList helps organizations comply with the calibration requirements of ISO 45001.
Calibration Requirements of ISO 45001
While ISO 45001 does not specifically focus on calibration requirements, it does emphasize the importance of monitoring and measurement to ensure the accuracy and reliability of data collected for evaluating the OHSMS. Calibration is a crucial aspect of this process, as it ensures that measuring and monitoring equipment is accurate, reliable, and consistent.
Some key calibration requirements under ISO 45001:2018 include:
- Monitoring and Measurement Equipment: Establish, implement, and maintain processes to ensure that monitoring and measurement equipment is calibrated and maintained according to specified requirements. This could include instruments such as gas detectors, vibration meters, air samplers, and sound level meters, among other health and safety-related equipment.
- Calibration Intervals: Determine appropriate calibration intervals based on factors such as the criticality of the equipment, the manufacturer’s recommendations, historical calibration data, and any applicable regulatory requirements.
- Calibration Records: Maintain records of calibration activities, including calibration dates, methods, results, and the individuals responsible for carrying out the calibrations.
- Traceability: Calibration activities should be traceable to national or international standards, ensuring that the accuracy and consistency of the measurement data can be compared to a recognized reference.
- Control of Nonconforming Equipment: Establish a process for identifying, controlling, and correcting nonconforming monitoring and measurement equipment, which may include taking equipment out of service, repairing or recalibrating, or replacing as necessary.
- External Calibration Services: If an organization uses external calibration service providers, they should ensure that these providers are competent and their calibration activities are traceable to recognized standards.
Calibration-Related Clauses in ISO 45001:2018
- Clause 7.1.5: Monitoring and Measuring Resources – Outlines the need to provide resources to ensure valid and reliable monitoring and measurement results. It includes the requirements for calibration or verification of monitoring and measurement equipment, as well as maintaining traceability to recognized standards.
- Clause 7.5: Documented Information – Addresses requirements for creating, updating, and controlling documented information within the organization’s OHSMS. This includes maintaining calibration records and ensuring they are available, accurate, and protected from unauthorized access or damage. This clause also guides how organizations utilize Digital Signatures. When using digital signatures as part of the OHSMS, the organization must ensure information security practices and technology systems adequately support management of digital signatures in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and industry best practices.
- Clause 9.1: Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis, and Evaluation – Emphasizes the importance of determining appropriate methods and intervals for monitoring and measurement. Organizations need to evaluate the data obtained from monitoring and measurement activities to ensure the effectiveness of their OHSMS and to identify opportunities for improvement.
- Clause 9.2: Internal Audit – Requires internal audits at planned intervals to ensure that the OHSMS conforms to both the organization’s own requirements and the ISO 45001 standard. It also ensures that the OHSMS is effectively implemented and maintained.
While these clauses are the most directly related to calibration requirements in ISO 45001, other clauses may also be relevant, depending on how the organization has designed and implemented its OHSMS. For instance, clauses related to planning, operational control, and evaluation of compliance can also have an impact on how the organization addresses calibration requirements in its OHSMS.
How GageList Helps Meet ISO 45001 Calibration Requirements
An online gage management software, GageList is recalibrating calibration with game-changing features that no other platforms offer. Here’s how GageList can help meet the requirements of ISO 45001:
- Centralized Calibration Records: GageList stores your calibration records in a centralized, online system, making it easy to manage calibration from anywhere, any time, on any device.
- Unlimited Users: GageList allows unlimited users on all accounts at no extra cost, eliminating the need for expensive seat licenses.
- Free Mobile App for iOS and Android – Manage gages anywhere, any time, on any device, online or offline.
- Simple Multi-Site Gage Management – Manage calibration in all your locations from a single dashboard.
- Calibration Scheduling and Reminders: GageList makes planning and scheduling calibration activities easy. The software sends automatic, customizable reminders to responsible personnel when calibration is due.
- Traceability to National or International Standards: GageList supports robust calibration traceability to recognized standards.
- Control of Nonconforming Equipment: Identify, control, and correct nonconforming monitoring and measurement equipment by tracking the equipment’s status, repair, and recalibration activities.
- Competence of External Calibration Service Providers: GageList can help organizations maintain records of their external calibration service providers, including their competence and traceability to recognized standards.
- Reporting and Analysis: GageList also offers reporting and analysis tools to help analyze calibration data and identify trends, potential issues, and areas for improvement.
GageList is the fastest-growing calibration management software in the world. To find out how GageList can support your organization’s commitment to ISO 45001, call us at 281-816-7130 or fill out a support ticket to contact our Customer Success Team.