ISO 45001 is the upcoming international standard for occupational health and safety systems (OHS). It aligned with ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environment Management and builds on OHSAS 18001/AS4801.
The system is designed to work with any organization, large or small. It is the product of collaboration between more than 70 countries. The framework identifies and controls health and safety risks, reduces potential accidents, aids legislative compliance and improves overall performance. The standard also demonstrates how to develop and implement a policy with the right objectives for organizations of all types and sizes. More and more companies also want detailed information about their suppliers’ occupational health and safety practices to protect their brands.
According to the Briefing note issued by the ISO, an organization can proactively improve its OHS performance by following processes that use appropriate methods and tools:
- developing and implementing an OHS policy and OHS objectives.
- establishing systematic processes which take into account its risks and opportunities, and its legal requirements.
- determining the hazards associated with its activities; putting in controls and seeking to eliminate them.
- establishing controls to manage its risks and legal requirements.
- increasing awareness of its OHS risks.
- evaluating its OHS performance and seeking to improve it.
- ensuring workers take an active role in OHS matters.
These new standards address specific concerns including:
- The proper way to develop a policy that fits all organizations regardless of size or culture.
- Meeting the needs of companies that desire more information from suppliers. Working with companies that meet specific safety standards helps brands maintain integrity with their clients.
- Offering third-party certifications to assure a business is meeting standards.
- Manageability for businesses of all sizes. Allowing businesses in any industry to create benchmarks for their health and safety standards.
Many companies already have processes in place to satisfy 45001. These principles are now affordable for even the smallest business.