ISO 45001 - Health and Safety Management System

 

We support companies of all sizes and from all industries to establish an Occupational Health and Safety Management System according to the requirements of the ISO 45001 international standard, which is set to replace OHSAS 18001:2007.

The development and implementation of a management system which conforms to the requirements of ISO 45001 is expected to help companies reduce workplace-related injuries and illnesses.

Companies already certified to OHSAS 18001 will have three years to comply with the new ISO 45001 standard. 

Key benefits of adopting ISO 45001 (according to ISO)

An ISO 45001 based OH&S management system will enable a company 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 placing controls to minimise 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.

 

A combination of these measures will ensure that a company’s reputation as a safe workplace will be promoted, leading to 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.

  • Improving morale, as well as reducing absenteeism and employee turnover rates.

  • Achieving an international benchmark, which may in turn influence other interested parties, such as customers who are concerned about their social responsibilities.

 

Source: https://committee.iso.org/home/pc283

Here are a few tips for our visitors who are concerned about occupational health and safety:

  1. Conduct an occupational risk assessment and take the appropriate preventive or corrective measures/actions.

  2. Make sure that your employees are thoroughly trained and skilled for the tasks you have assigned to them.

  3. Use only appropriate and (if possible or if required by legislation) certified equipment and tools.

  4. Do not underestimate the protection which PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment) offer.

  5. Unsafe behaviours by employees are often the root cause for work-related incidents (injuries etc.). Do not overlook this factor.

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