An ISO 45001 Health & Safety Management System is a way of doing things which primarily protects your employees and key stakeholders from harm. It protects employees against ill health caused or made worse by work as well as injury through accidents. It further more plays a critical role in ensuring that visitors to your premises, such as customers and contractors, are safe.

ISO 45001 is applicable for companies and organizations of all sizes and industries. Therefore, even small organizations can benefit from the standard. As ISO 45001 Management System has the High Level Structure as ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) which ensures its suitability as part of an integrated management system.

What is an ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is an International Standard that specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, with guidance for its use, to enable an organization to proactively improve its OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health. ISO 45001 is intended to be applicable to any organisation regardless of its size, type and nature. ISO 45001 enables an organisation, through its OH&S management system, to integrate other aspects of health and safety, such as worker wellness/wellbeing; however it should be noted that an organization can be required by applicable legal requirements to also address such issues.

Who is ISO 45001 for?

ISO 45001 is applicable to all organizations, regardless of size,industry or nature of business. It is designed to be integrated into an organization’s existing management processes and follows the same high-level structure as other ISO management system standards, such as ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management)

What are the benefits for my business?

ISO 45001 enables organizations to put in place an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. This will help them manage their OH&S risks and improve their OH&S performance by developing and implementing effective policies and objectives. Key potential benefits from use of standard include:

  • Reduction of workplace incidents
  • Reduced absenteeism and staff turnover, leading to increased productivity
  • Reduced cost of insurance premiums
  • Creation of a health and safety culture, whereby employees are encouraged to take an active role in their own OH&S
  • Reinforced leadership commitment to proactively improve OH&S performance
  • Ability to meet legal and regulatory requirements
  • Enhanced reputation
  • Improved staff morale

What about certification?

Certification to ISO 45001 is not a requirement of the standard but can be a useful tool to demonstrate that you meet its criteria. If you are already certified to OHSAS 18001, and while it is a very different standard, you will already have some of the necessary tools and systems in place to implement ISO 45001.

How do I get started?

If you are considering implementing ISO 45001, here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Perform an analysis of your organization’s context that is relevant to OH&S (such as integrated parties) as well as the¬† ¬†internal and external factors that might impact your business.

2. Establish the scope of the system, considering what you would like your management system to achieve.

3. Set your OH&S policy and objectives.

4. Define the time frame in which you wish to implement your system and plan how to achieve it.

5. Determine any competence and/or resource gaps that need addressing before you can implement the standard.

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