About ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System
ISO 45001, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – Requirements with guidance for use, is an ISO standard for occupational health and safety management systems that is recognized and implemented worldwide. This standard was published in 2018 in order to replace OHSAS 18001:2007.
Before the development of a management system standard by the ISO committee, a “Justification Study” was prepared in order to present a case for the proposed project. In relation to the development of ISO 45001, user needs are identified from the following:
- User demands for the requirements of management system standards to be better aligned, or to enable “integration” into their organization’s management systems. This led to the development of a “High Level Structure” (often referred to as “Annex SL”) which provides a common clause sequence (structure), text, terms and definitions for its management system standards. This “High Level Structure” has been applied during the development of ISO 45001.
- According to the OHSAS Project Group’s 2011 Survey of standards and certificates, there are now more than 90000 certificates issued in 127 countries. This fact demonstrates the need for an ISO standard for this discipline.
The “Justification Study” identified that ISO 45001 would need to:
- enable organizations to provide safe and healthy working environments
- be generic and relevant to all types and sizes of organizations, operating in any sector, and be able to accommodate diverse geographical, cultural and social conditions
- be capable of being applied to the widest possible range of organizations with varying degrees of maturity of their OH&SMS
- specify the essential components of an OH&SMS
- enable organizations to demonstrate conformity to the requirements
- enable organizations to identify, assess and control their OH&S risks and improve their OH&S performance
- align with other management system standards (in particular ISO 14001 for environmental management systems).
Benefits of ISO 45001 Environmental Management Certification
An ISO 45001 based OH&S management system will enable an organisation to improve its OH&S performance by:
- Developing and implementing an OH&S policy and OH&S objectives
- Establishing systematic processes which consider its “context” and which take into account its risks and opportunities, and its legal and other requirements
- Determining the hazards and OH&S risks associated with its activities; seeking to eliminate them, or putting in controls to minimize their potential effects
- Establishing operational controls to manage its OH&S risks and its legal and other requirements
- Increasing awareness of its OH&S risks
- Evaluating its OH&S performance and seeking to improve it, through taking appropriate actions
- Ensuring workers take an active role in OH&S matters
In combination, these measures will ensure that an organisation’s reputation as a safe place to work will be promoted, and can have more direct benefits, such as:
- Improving its ability to respond to regulatory compliance issues
- Reducing the overall costs of incidents
- Reducing downtime and the costs of disruption to operations
- Reducing the cost of insurance premiums
- Reducing absenteeism and employee turnover rates
- Recognition for having achieved an international benchmark (which may in turn influence customers who are concerned about their social responsibilities)
Getting to the heart of why ISO 45001 is important
Mitigating occupational health and safety hazards and preventing injuries in the workplace is one of the most important challenges that companies face. Among the biggest benefits of implementing an OH&SMS is enhancement of company’s public image that comes with being ISO 45001 certified. Being certified against ISO 45001 demonstrates that your company belongs among those businesses that cares for its employees’ health and safety. This can bring better relationships with customers, the public, and the community, but it also brings other benefits.
Along with the good public image, many companies can save money through the implementation of an Occupational Health & Safety Management System. This can be achieved through reducing incidents resulting in injuries and being able to obtain insurance at a more reasonable cost. This improvement in cost control is a benefit that cannot be overlooked when you’re making the decision to implement an OH&SMS.
A healthier and safer workforce
ISO 45001 aims to reduce work related incidents, and focuses on creating a health and safety culture, whereby employees are encouraged to take an active role in their own OHS. This underpinned by strong leadership with demonstrable commitment to OHS – helps to create a safety culture, resulting in reduced staff turnover, increased morale and improved staff retention rates – as well as making their work environment both safer and healthier.
ISO 45001 helps your organisation understand risk profiles through a systematic process to keep your workforce healthy and safe, thereby reducing absenteeism and staff turnover, leading to increased productivity.
Compliance and a commitment to excellence
ISO 45001 provides a clear framework to manage your regulatory and legal obligations. Implementing a robust OH&S management system can help to deliver stakeholder confidence, thereby improving your brand reputation and providing a competitive advantage when bidding for contracts.
ISO 45001 easily integrates with all new and revised ISO managements system standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, as it shares the same high-level text and common structure.
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ISO 45001 is suitable for organisations of any size, sector or location. Whether you have an established health and safety management system that you want to migrate to ISO 45001 or if you are implementing a system for the first time, we recognise that every organisation and its OH&S management system is unique. With over 20 years’ experience in training, gap analysis, assessment and certification, we’ll work with you to ensure you get the right support.
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