AS/NZS 4801 is an Australian specific certification equal to the OHSAS 18001 international standard. These outline strict requirements related to health & safety management systems.

Either of these certifications clearly demonstrate that an organisation has knowledge of, and control over all relevant hazards that may exist as a result of operations or abnormal conditions. These cerfitications also demonstrate a strong committment to the ongoing improvement of safety performance. Both Standards adopt the framework indicated below.

We recommend most organisations to receive cost estimates of obtaining AS4801 and ISO18001.

The difference between AS4801 and ISO18001 is:-

  1. The ISO standard is internationally recognised.

  2. The ISO standard is more closely aligned to the Quality Standard.

  3. Certification to the ISO certification includes certification to AS4801.

  4. ISO certification requires additonal time and cost.


Certification is a highly regarded best practice demonstration of a robust safety system.

Key benefits of a fully implemented safety system, proven and certified through a third party auditing process include;

  • Potential reduction in the number of accidents

  • Potential reduction in downtime and associated costs

  • Demonstration of legal and regulatory compliance

  • Demonstration to stakeholders of your commitment to health and safety

  • Demonstration of an innovative and forward thinking approach

  • Increased access to new customers and business partners

  • Better management of health and safety risks now, and in the future

  • Potential reduced insurance costs (public liability and workers compensation)


Having the safety system ready to be AS/NZ 4801 certified is a complex process for a large organisation requiring specialised knowledge and experience. Consultants of Recovery Partners are familiar with the process and have demonstrated skill in this area.

The process for certificaiton is outlined below:-

  1. Conduct GAP Analysis 

  2. Request quotations for certification 

  3. Prepare systems (action plan from audit)

  4. Refine implementation

  5. Conduct internal audit

  6. Conduct Stage 1 audit (to be completed by Certification body)

  7. Make adjustments / corrective actions

  8. Conduct Stage 2 audit



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