The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed a new standard, ISO 45001 “Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems - Requirements” to aid in further preventing work-related accidents.
Providing a framework to improve conditions and employee safety in the workplace, the new standard is centralized around the idea of reducing possible risks. The standard follows other industry standards such as OHSAS 18001 and its expected full publication in mid-2018. Regardless of company size and stature, the new ISO 45001 standard aims to fulfil objectives for any type of organization by:
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
One of the ways in which ISO 45001 aims to address industry problems and improve the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) field is by its integration with management systems. Today this is possible by implementing technology in the hands of companies, safety inspectors and the workforce – giving them a modern and accurate risk management solution.
45001), meaning there can be a rapid uptake of new standard and regulations. Implementing digital inspection software and mobile devices alongside ISO 45001 is a sure-fire way to modernising safety inspections.
The ISO aims for its ISO 45001 new standard to improve OHS through:
developing and implementing an OHS policy and objectives
establishing systematic processes which consider its “context” and take into account its risks and opportunities, and legal requirements
determining the hazards and OHS risks associated with its activities; seeking to eliminate them, or putting in controls to minimize their potential effects
establishing operational controls to manage its OHS risks and its legal and other requirements
increasing awareness of risks
evaluating its OHS performance and seeking to improve it, through taking appropriate actions
ensuring workers take an active role in OHS matters
More information about ISO 45001 can be found at:
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