What is ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 is the internationally recognised standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management Systems.
The standard provides a framework for businesses to ensure the health and safety of employees and other stakeholders. ISO 45001 can be adopted by businesses of all sizes and in any industry. It can also be integrated into an existing management system. For example, your organisation may already have an ISO 9001 Quality Management System.
Businesses often become ISO 45001 certified because they wish to create a safer work environment, demonstrate their commitment to health and safety, and qualify for tenders and contracts.
Why Implement ISO 45001?
Workplace injuries and health issues can have a significant impact on productivity. Employers can be faced with many issues: fines, downtime for injured employees, and moral obligations to name a few.
Workplace accidents can also result in low staff morale, high employee turnover, and decreased productivity. Businesses with a high rate of employee illness and injuries may find it difficult to attract customers who are concerned about a company’s reputation. The ISO 45001 standard seeks to increase productivity and improve the general well-being of employees.
Although ISO 45001 is not a legal requirement, workplace injuries and health issues can have a significant impact on productivity. Employers can be faced with many issues: fines, downtime for injured employees, and moral obligations to name a few.
Businesses with a high rate of employee illness and injuries may find it difficult to attract customers who are concerned about a company’s reputation. The ISO 45001 standard seeks to increase productivity and improve the general well-being of employees.
Benefits of Becoming ISO 45001 Certified
Some of the major benefits of becoming ISO 45001 certified are:
- Reduced employee absenteeism
- Established controls to ensure legal compliance
- Increased health and safety awareness
- Enhanced reputation
- Attract and retain talent
- Reduce insurance premiums
- Addressed business risks and opportunities
Industries that Benefit
All industries will receive the benefits of ISO 45001 to ensure health and safety however, some industries may need it more than others including:
Pharmaceutical: The pharmaceutical industry provides us with many products and services from people discovering drugs and medicines, to the people customer facing, selling the medicine in the pharmacy. Those producing products find themselves in a dangerous environment as they are exposed to dangerous and flammable chemicals which could end in life changing injuries. The standard will implement better training in the businesses and produce risk assessments to ensure that hazards are eliminated.
Construction: Working in construction is a dangerous job as you are working on a site full of heavy material, around vehicles and from heights. It is easy to forget small procedures that could change someone’s life however, by implementing the OH&S standard, these small procedures will not be forgotten. Things like wearing a harness when working over a height of six feet or wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) can save someone from impactful injuries and will save your company. By holding the ISO 45001 certificate, you are also opening your company out to government tenders and contracts as you are showing evidence you care about employee wellbeing.
Manufacturing: Similar to construction, working in manufacturing is also a dangerous job as you are around machines, lifting heavy weights and working with sharp tools. Long-term injuries can be developed through things such as lifting boxes, so the correct training will reduce these injuries from occurring.
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If you want to prevent health and safety accidents, and meet stakeholder requirements, implement ISO 45001 into your company and receive the benefits.