What is ISO 45001?
As the world’s first International Standard dealing with health and safety at work, ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems, Requirements with guidance for use, offers a single, clear framework for all organizations wishing to improve their OH&S performance.
Every day, thousands of lives are lost due to work accidents or fatal diseases linked to work activities. These are deaths that should have been prevented and must be in the future; ISO 45001 aims to help organizations prevent these tragedies.
ISO 45001 standard is an international regulation for occupational health and safety that will provide a framework to improve employee safety, reduce work-related injury and risks, and prevent ill health and death. The intended outcome of the standard will be to provide safer working conditions around the world.
The new standard will help organizations provide a safe and healthy work environment for workers and visitors by continually improving their OH&S performance.
ISO 45001 Basic Principles
The ISO 45001 standard will follow the same management system approach as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, including the high-level structure, that helps with management system integration. It will also take into consideration other International Standards such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labor Organization’s guidelines on occupational safety and health management systems, along with other various national standards.
The new OH&S standard is based on the common elements found in all of ISO’s management systems standards and uses a simple Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model, which provides a framework for organizations to plan what they need to put in place in order to minimize the risk of harm. Read More…
ISO 45001 Key Features
- Adoption of Annex SL to share high-level structure, content, terms, and definitions with the latest ISO management standards
- Top management commitment
- Context of the organization
- Risk-based thinking
- Process approach
- Consultation and worker participation
- Prevention of ill-health and injury
- Supplier and sub-contractor management
ISO 45001 Benefits
The benefits of an effective management system to an organization include:
- More efficient use of resources and improved financial performance,
- Improved risk management and protection of people and the environment, and
- Increased capability to deliver consistent and improved services and products, thereby increasing value to customers and all other stakeholders.