ISO 45001 can be applicable to all organisations, regardless of size, industry or nature of business – but for small organisations implementation of standardised organisational procedures focused on safety and health can be too sophisticated and expensive. ISO 45000s are designed to be integrated into an organisation’s existing management processes and follow the same high-level structure as other ISO management system standards, such as ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management).
ISO 45001 enables organisations 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 the use of the 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
Developed under the ISO system, with the input of experts from more than 70 countries, it provides an international framework that takes into account the interaction between an organisation and its business environment. ISO 45001 adopts a risk-based approach that ensures it is effective and undergoes continual improvement to meet an organisation’s ever-changing context.
ISO 45001 was developed with consideration of other related standards, such as OHSAS 18001, Occupational health and safety management, the International Labour Organisation’s ILO – OSH 2001 guidelines and various national standards, and is consistent with the ILO’s international labour standards and conventions.
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