This much-anticipated standard on occupational health and safety (OH&S) management systems was published in March 2018.
With a global economy, increasingly complex business operating models, extended supply chains, new technologies and associated emerging risks, the need to manage health and safety in a more formal systems-based approach is apparent.
In addition, a greater focus on organisations’ corporate social responsibility agenda by stakeholders means that failures in health and safety can have significant reputational damage to an organisation.
Published in March 2018, ISO 45001 will enable “global conformity” with a focus on “risk prevention, innovation and continual improvement”.
What is an occupational health and safety management system?
An occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) is a set of processes and practices that provide a framework for managing the risks to health and safety at work. It aims to prevent work-related injury and ill health and continually improve the organisation’s health and safety performance.
ISO 45001 is not a compliance system — it is a management system (although compliance is a required element of it). It should be part of the whole business strategy. ISO 45001 is applicable to all organisations and businesses, regardless of size and type. It is the successor to BS OHSAS 18001.
Why have an OHSMS?
All business activities, products and services can create health and safety risks. The business benefits of adopting an OHSMS include improved health and safety performance and productivity, and reduced risks and liabilities. In turn, this can lead to a happier workforce, reduced costs and improved reputation.
Implementing an OHSMS demonstrates a high level of commitment to both manage and minimise health and safety risk within the organisation and a willingness to act responsibly by anticipating and responding to the concerns and expectations of the workforce, regulators, investors and other stakeholders.
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