Implement the right framework for occupational health and safety management and safeguard your workplace by achieving ISO 45001.
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ISO 45001 is the international standard for occupational health and safety management systems. The standard gives guidance for an organization that wants a safe and healthy workplace for their workforce. Lack of management focus on the health and safety needs of workers is a major reason for employee injuries and deaths. In addition, there will be costs, including possible legal costs, disruptions, low morale and many other unwanted outcomes. Every company is accountable for taking strict precautionary measures to protect the workforce and others. After all, the workforce should be treated as an asset and should be protected with the utmost priority.
The fundamental idea behind ISO 45001 was originally established in the year 2013 and was shaped into the standard we know now in 2018. It replaced the previous standard known as BS OHSAS 18001.
By achieving ISO 45001 certification, a company exhibits its constant effort to safeguard its human resources from workplace accidents and hazards with both fatal and non-fatal circumstances. The standard includes identification and monitoring compliance with legal rules and regulations for maintaining a safe workplace for employees. Therefore, an organization avoids committing any illegal or unethical acts that would breach their duty of care.
The top advantages offered for ISO 45001 implementation and certification include the following:
1. Strengthen health and safety management protocols:The system helps to strengthen and maintain a set of health and safety management frameworks. The system improves the present control methods to improve the health and safety of personnel, increase employee awareness and reduce workplace hazards too.
2. Promotes accountability of management towards personnel safety:The standard involves management in directing and leading personnel to optimal health and safety outcomes. The standard encourages management to exhibit appropriate behaviors and awareness and take appropriate measures to minimize hazardous situations. Also, to improve the relationship between management and employees.
3. Increase management and control to ensure legal compliance:The lack of Occupational Health & Safety measures towards employees often force the government to intervene. In such cases, companies may face major penalties. Alongside financial losses, companies can face public backlash and loss of reputation.
4. Reduces employee absenteeism:A strict and coherent occupational health and safety management system increases employee morale and reduces absenteeism. Companies are therefore more able to successfully retain their human resources.
5. Reduce insurance premiums:If an employee is injured or becomes ill, whether fatal or nonfatal, while carrying out their work responsibilities, the company will pay higher insurance premiums and recruit temporary or permanent replacements. The additional costs in such cases can be very high and long-lasting. A proper health and safety management system helps to prevent these extra costs.
6. Enhances reputation:Getting certified by ISO 45001 means a company values its workers and takes all the possible actions to keep them safe while working. It increases the company's reputation, strengthens brand image, and gives a competitive edge.
The context the organization operates in, including strengths and weaknesses and the needs and expectations of interested parties needs to be taken into account when considering content and flow of the Occupational Health & Safety management system. This exercise can also lead the organization to identify risks and opportunities that may affect the organization (positively or negatively) in the near and distant future. These should be documented, and actions determined and implemented. The organization will be in a better position through this process. Sometimes this process is referred to as strategic planning.
The leadership team should identify and communicate all the roles and responsibilities within the organization, and those which other stakeholders need to take. The leadership team should also take responsibility for Occupational Health & Safety outcomes as well. Good Occupational Health & Safety outcomes can never be realized if management is not committed it.
Proper step-by-step planning should be documented and carried out. Planning includes identification of responsibilities and time frames when needed. The additional perspective of monitoring, evaluation and improvement should be taken into account when determining plans.
Risk management is one of the critical aspects needed to prevent injury or illness. A proper risk management program includes identifying hazards, assessing the seriousness of the hazard including considering likelihood and consequence, and determining actions to help reduce or remove the risk. Risk management is a preventative process and should be seen as a great benefit to the running of any organization.
The leadership needs to communicate with employees and other interested parties, including the public where appropriate, to ensure they are aware of programs, rules, and guidelines that will keep them safe. Communication can be in the form of signs, meetings, supervisors, barricades, etc. to keep everyone safe. A key component of ISO 45001 is consultation. Traditionally consultation is seen as safety representatives and safety committees. Whatever consultation program is implemented, employees need to be involved in their own Occupational Health & Safety, including involving them in risk assessments, incident investigations, inspections, etc. Leadership cannot operate an Occupational Health & Safety management system successfully without the support and input of employees. Consultation is also good for employee morale.
There should be enough resources and leadership to monitor the performance of the system and evaluate its effectiveness in terms of Occupational Health & Safety. A required but natural outcome of constant and/or regular monitoring and measurement is continual improvement. All companies must continually improve their occupational health safety outcomes in the face of changing circumstances, changing workforce and changing legislation.
The certification process is as follows:
Commit - A trusted certification body is chosen, engaged, and an audit date is set.
Pre-assessment - If clients wish, an assessment before the stage 1 and 2 audits is performed.
Stage 1 Audit - The management system and documentation are reviewed to ensure everything is in place for the stage 2 audit, including determining whether internal audit and the management review have been performed. An audit report is prepared and issued by the auditor for review. If everything looks good, the auditor confirms the stage 2 audit.
Stage 2 Audit - After addressing any concerns or opportunities for improvement from the stage 1 audit, the stage 2 audit is conducted by the auditor. The auditor checks that the management system is implemented and is compliant with ISO 45001. If there are any non-conformities, these are shared by the auditor. Once non-conformities are addressed and the auditor can confirm that the standard is being met, the auditor recommends the company for certification.
Issuing the certification - With the successful completion of the two stages of audits, the certification body issues the certification.
Surveillance Audits - Every certification lasts for 3 years. The certification body organizes annual audit programs to determine and ensure ongoing compliance.
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Our audit programs are designed to ensure that your management system successfully conforms to the clauses of ISO 45001 as well as the policies and objectives of your company.
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