The Benefits of an ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System

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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.

 

Business benefits of Implementing ISO 45001

1. Compliance

 

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.

 

Benefits:

  • Tighter compliance to health and safety legislation.
  • Ability to trade globally and comply with health and safety legislation in any give country.
  • Stakeholder trust and confidence.
  • A safer, and motivated workforce that prioritises health and safety.
  • Reduced risk of workplace accidents and illness that result in fines and prosecutions, and the likelihood of lower insurance premiums.

 

2. Reputation

 

ISO 45001 requires that you:

  • Identify risks to your occupational health and safety management systems and processes.
  • Put proportionate controls in place to manage or reduce identified risks.
  • Continually monitor and improve your occupational health and safety management system.

 

Benefits:

  • Improves your business reputation and stakeholder trust.
  • A shared and increased understanding of risk internally and amongst stakeholders.
  • Increased credibility.

 

3. Competitive advantage

 

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.

 

Benefits:

  • Able to evidence your commitment to occupational health and safety.
  • Competitive advantage when tendering for new or repeat business.
  • Gain access into new local and global markets.

 

4. Integration

 

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.

 

Benefits:

  • Streamlined management systems that bring efficiencies and cost savings.
  • One audit framework to work within for all aspects of business compliance.
  •  Follows the ISO new high-level structure, making integration easier.

 

How to become ISO 45001 certified

 

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.

Visit https://www.ndcmanagement.co.uk/iso-standards to find out more about our ISO support services or contact us to get started today.

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