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ISO 45001 - Occupational health and safety

There were over 130 fatal accidents in the UK alone during 2016/17, and over 610,000 accidents reported to the HSE. The emotional costs to those involved, as well as the legal, financial and reputation costs to the businesses concerned are significant and have a negative impact on productivity, efficiency and improvement. Some workers’ lives are never the same again after an accident, and the impact on the colleagues who work with these people can be huge.

Standards in other countries are varied and this is problematic for those organisations whose business spread to more than one country.

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What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is a new international standard for occupational health and safety and is due to be launched in February 2018. It is the first world-wide standard for health and safety management and will provided an externally accredited benchmark for how health and safety should be effectively managed in an organisation.

It will replace BS OHSAS 18001, which is the existing recognised standard for best practice occupational health and safety management. It will reduce the burden from losses associated with accidents and incidents by providing a recognised framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and develop safer working conditions all over the world.

PHSC is already working closely with businesses to provide support to organisations wishing to become ISO 45001 certified, as well as those who need to transition from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001 certification.

Why your business requires ISO 45001

With ISO 45001, the onus will no longer be on the Health and Safety Manager to ensure compliance. The standard requires much more buy-in of senior managers (top management).

The standard requires greater employee contribution too. This ensures that no one person is overloaded with responsibility and everyone plays their part.

Ownership of health and safety management in all parts of the business is a key part of developing an effective health and safety culture, and can springboard an organisation’s strategy to improve health and safety standards.

ISO 45001 gives more focus on a risk-based approach to health and safety management. This helps business to prioritise more effectively, allocate resources where they are most needed and develop efficiencies in its routine and non-routine operations.

Integration of the occupational health and safety management system (OH&S) into your wider business processes helps to reduce duplication of time, effort and cost.

Will ISO 45001 replace BS OHSAS 18001?

The simple answer is Yes!. Whilst the formal date is yet to be announced it is widely anticipated that this will be in place in February 2018. There are some notable advantages of ISO45001 over BS OHSAS 18001, including:

  • It has been created by an international committee of specialists to address global variations in approach and health and safety culture
  • Based on the Annex SL framework, it will integrate seamlessly with other ISO management systems, including ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, and ISO 27001:2015. This means that organisations can harmonise its different systems and develop an Integrated Management System. This can save time, ensure an holistic approach to business efficiency and reduce duplication

FAQ

We are already offering training in the new standard in mainland England and via our sister company QCS International Ltd in Scotland.

We have a range of courses, from Bite-Sized Sessions lasting 90 minutes, to 2 day internal auditor courses which will be IRCA accredited.

This very much depends on your existing management systems, and the size and complexity of your organisation. A gap analysis to find out the scope of what will be needed is as little as £1,000 plus VAT

Yes. Book onto our FREE 90 minute course on ISO 145001 today!

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