ISO is developing an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system standard (ISO 45001) which is intended to enable organisations to manage their OH&S risks and improve their OH&S performance. The implementation of an OH&S management system will be a strategic decision for an organisation that can be used to support its sustainability initiatives, ensuring people are safer and healthier and increase profitability at the same time.
ISO 45001 is an International Standard that specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, with guidance for its use, to enable an organisation to proactively improve its OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health.
ISO 45001 is intended to be applicable to any organisation regardless of its size, type and nature. All of its requirements are intended to be integrated into an organisation’s own management processes.
ISO 45001 enables an organisation through its OH&S management system to integrate other aspects of health and safety, such as worker wellness/well being; however, it should be noted that an organisation can be required by applicable legal requirements to also address such issues.
As an international standard, ISO 45001 crosses geographic, political, economic, commercial and social boundaries. This sets a single benchmark for the management of occupational health and safety.So if your organization operates or trades internationally, you can work to a single standard which can simplify your business.
Whether you are currently working to BS OSHAS 18001 or country specific standards such as ANSI/ASSE Z10 2012, CAN/CSA-Z1000-14, AS/NZS 48001:2001 or others, you can upgrade to ISO 45001 now.
Or if you are new to occupational health and safety management it’s a great framework to put into your business to build organizational resilience.
- Ensures health and well-being of employees, sub-contractors and the public
- Minimization of liability of employers through adoption of proactive rather than reactive controls
- Ensures legislative awareness and compliance
- Adoption of international best practice in relation to risk management
- Reduces accident and incident rates by removing workplaces hazards and mitigating risks
- Improves the incident investigation process
- Increases employee motivation through the provision of a safer workplace and participation process
- Improved corporate image and credibility