An unhealthy workplace, as well as being miserable for all concerned, has a huge impact on profitability through staff absences, early retirements, sick pay and greater insurance premiums. Moreover, work related injuries and diseases are increasing. ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) addresses the problem and brings with it many business benefits.
Published in March 2018, ISO 45001 is the world’s first international occupational health and safety management system. This benchmark standard is suitable for organisations in any sector and simplifies operations for organisations that trade internationally. The new standard replaces OHSAS 18001 and other country-specific standards, and organisations already certified to OHSAS 18001 have three years to transition across. You can find out more about how to make the transition in our article, Migrating from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001.
ISO 45001 provides a clear framework in which to manage your regulatory and legal obligations, whatever your industry or location. It requires that you review and communicate your legal obligations to your workforce and other interested parties and involve them in the development of your OHSMS.
ISO 45001 requires that you:
The new standard is recognised globally as the best practice standard for occupational health and safety. It helps to safeguard your workforce, whatever your industry or location, and demonstrates your commitment to workplace safety in local and global environments.
ISO 45001 is designed to be integrated with other standards in the ISO series, such as the 9001 Quality Management System, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 27001 Information Management System.
Achieving ISO 45001 certification tells your customers and stakeholders that health and safety is at the heart of your organisation, and that you are able to meet health and safety standards anywhere in the world.
NDC’s lead auditors can support you to implement ISO 45001 or transition from OHSAS 18001 in a structured way and with minimum disruption. We can help you to assess your current systems against the standard and put the necessary measures in place to meet the standard’s requirements.
“Over 6300 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases – that’s nearly 2.3 million every year,” say ISO.