What is ISO 45001?
Organisations may have health and safety policies in place without having a Health and Safety Management System. ISO 45001 is the internationally recognised standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and specifies the requirements for a health and safety management system.
ISO 45001 streamlines processes and procedures and is applicable a variety of businesses in different sectors and industries. Industries certified to ISO 45001 include those that are higher risk, take construction for example.
Becoming certified provides businesses with the perfect opportunity to ensure processes are implemented to protect workers and other stakeholders such as visitors to your site. The standard demonstrates a safer work environment and commitment to safety in the workplace. It also offers a number of benefits including the ability to tender for work, win new business, and address business risks and opportunities.
In this blog, we will share some of the top industries certified to ISO 45001 and how it benefits them.
The most common accident in construction is slips, trips, and falls. When working from heights or on-site in a dangerous environment, it is vital that there are health and safety processes implemented to protect employees. Another common construction accident is getting struck by an object. To reduce such accidents from occurring, ISO 45001 introduces safer processes and training to maintain a safe environment.
One way to keep safe is by ensuring that staff on site are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes:
- Head protection to protect your head from flying objects or falls
- Eye protection such as goggles to protect from blowing dust
- Ear protection to protect ears from loud noises from tools and equipment
- High-visibility jacket or vest to stay obviously seen
- Hand protection such as gloves to keep skin safe from equipment or materials
- Foot protection e.g., protective boots to protect feet from falling or rolling objects
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Many jobs in the manufacturing industry involve dangerous aspects. Things such as ensuring equipment are regularly inspected can make a big difference when it comes to health and safety. By having ISO 45001, businesses in the manufacturing industry can benefit from having procedures in place to ensure such rigorous checks are taking place so that accidents can be mitigated.
In manufacturing, musculoskeletal are common as the job usually involves a lot of pushing, pulling, and lifting heavy items, carrying out tasks for a long period of time, and constantly reaching for things. These activities can cause long-term damage in the muscles, nerves, tenders, and joints. It is important to identify and point out these risks before staff performs anything which can cause musculoskeletal injuries. ISO 45001 ensures such injuries in the workplace are minimised.
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In the cleaning and hygiene industry, there are a lot of chemical products being used which if used incorrectly, skin irritation can be caused as well as internal health conditions such as asthma. Slips, trips, and falls are the most common workplace accident, and these accidents are bound to be common in the cleaning industry due to water being used to assist in cleaning and a lot of wires from activities such as hoovering.
ISO 45001 benefits cleaning and hygiene businesses by also ensuring rigorous safety procedures are implemented, and that these are being maintained.
Getting Started with ISO 45001
If you want to make safety a priority in your business and ensure the safety of your employers and other stakeholders, then ISO 45001 may be for you.