Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems
ISO has developed a new standard, ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements, that will help organizations reduce this burden by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.
The standard was developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts, and follows other generic management system approaches such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001.
It will take into account other International Standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO’s international labour standards and conventions.
Achieving consistent and effective occupational health & safety performance requires organisational commitment to the systematic approach and continual improvement prescribed by an Occupational Health & Safety Management System.
OHSAS 18001:2007 is the internationally recognised standard for occupational health & safety management proficiency, and a prerequisite for discerning consumers worldwide. The implementation of an OHSMS opens up previously inaccessible markets, communicating a standard of health & safety competence in a universally comprehensible international business language.
In conjunction with ISO 9001:2015 (quality) and ISO 14001:2015 (environment), ISO 45001:2018 forms the cornerstone of the twenty-first century corporate gold standard.
The Benefits of an occupational Health & Safety Management System
ISO 45001:2018 is the proven solution to the ever increasing challenges facing organisations as a result of changing attitudes to health & safety in the modern workplace.
- Reduction in medical claims and compensation costs through the control of hazards and risks
- Reduction in lost work days through improved safety levels
- Improved employee satisfaction and retention through reinforced occupational confidence
- Conformance with rapidly proliferating regulations
- Reduction in penalties for breach of legislation
- Increased operational efficiency through adherence to a formally documented OH&S procedure
- Improved business performance
- Competitive advantage through the establishment of a responsible image within the marketplace
- Recognition of commitment to health & safety by potential investors
- Obtaining insurance at a reduced cost through the demonstration of improved risk management
- An Occupational Health & Safety Management System is applicable to virtually any organisation, of any size and nature, anywhere in the world. In a climate of increasing awareness of OH&S issues and proliferating legislative requirements, those organisations ambitious for success in the contemporary marketplace would be ill-advised to ignore the example set by the current market leaders. Failure to implement an effective Occupational Health & Safety Management System will see those organisations struggle against their accredited competitors.
Previously applicable as OHSAS 18001:2007 is under Transition for Three year from date of publication of ISO 45001:2018