The very first International Standard for occupational health and safety has just been published (ISO 45001). The new standards will look to increase employee safety and improve working conditions by combating workplace injuries and accidents. It will be replacing the existing ISO 18001. This blog will outline what the new standards are and how it’s likely to affect you.
The new management system uses the Plan, Do, Act, Check framework which was designed to help integrate health and safety into the organisation’s culture and create a plan to help minimise risks. In addition, you can read more about the Plan, Do, Act, Check framework here.
Firstly, The International Labour Organisation worked out that there were approximately 2.7 million fatal accidents at work in 2017. That equates to almost 7700 workers dying daily due to workplace accidents or illnesses,. Workers have the right to go to work and be safe and shouldn’t be at risk of a fatality just from doing their job. These figures suggested that something needed to change, therefore it led to the introduction of ISO 45001.
The first proposal of ISO 45001 was in October 2013. Since then, over 70 countries have had an input on the new standards therefore resulting in a global initiative. It provides an easy to use framework which will help contribute to a safer work environment that will be consistent across industries and countries. It was designed to integrate with other ISO management system standards so it wouldn’t be a burden to the organisation as it avoids unnecessary duplication. ISO 45001 is open to businesses of all sizes as it can help achieve legal requirements in health and safety.
In addition, organisations would use generic health and safety guidelines that are relevant to their nation or industry standards. There is a clear lack of global conformity, therefore these new standards will comply to local, national, regional and global levels applying to both developing and developed countries.
In addition, Those who hold an ISO 18001 standard will have 3 years to migrate to the new standards. Recognition of 18001 will go after 3 years. There are a number of factors to consider when migrating to the new standards including:
- Re-evaluate your existing Operational Health and Safety management system
- Attend any available training courses to understand the new standard in more detail
- Highlight the key changes as opportunities for improvements
Benefits Of ISO 45001
Below is a list of some of the benefits that the new standards will bring.
- Reduce workplace injuries, ill-health and death
- Reduce insurance premiums
- Demonstrate corporate responsibility
- Motivates staff into engaging in their health and safety at work
- Improves occupational health and safety standards
- Reduces absenteeism and staff turnover
There is a large emphasis on the engagement throughout the whole business with the new ISO. The new standard wants to promote employee engagement in the development, implementation and continual improvement of the management system, for example you can consult workers on hazards and risks in the workplace. Moreover, this will help promote a positive culture and communicate the importance of each action undertaken.
‘Review your current health and safety management system, with the changes from 18001 to 45001 your management system will need to be updated and amended. Furthermore, Remember to communicate any changes with your organisation’s leadership team and employees.’
What Sure Safety Can Offer
Sure Safety can help you work towards gaining your ISO 45001 certification by reviewing your current health and safety management system, or by upgrading from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001. If you don’t currently have a management system in place, we can help you implement one into your business.
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