What is ISO45001?
ISO45001 is essentially a “book of best health and safety practice” for a company or an organisation.
Gaining certification to the ISO 45001 standard allows you to demonstrate that your business manages occupational health and safety management in accordance with both the law and best-practice.
The ISO14001 standard provides a framework that asks a company to:
- Identify and control the risks inherent in its activities;
- Ensure the organisation conforms to current environmental regulations and legislation; and
- Commit to a process of continual health and safety improvement.
What are the benefits of ISO45001?
There have been many studies into the benefits of effective health and safety management and the associated standards, like OHSAS18001 and ISO45001, and the benefits are considered to be:
The implementation of controls to ensure legal compliance – ISO 45001 can help you to establish operational controls which take into account risks and opportunities, as well as legal and other requirements
- Improved profit and efficiency – resulting from of fewer accidents and incidents and a correspondingly more productive workforce
- Improved access to tender opportunities – many government and blue-chip organisations will restrict their contracts to only those that have ISO 45001
- Improvement management of health and safety risks – the standard helps you identify the hazards and risks associated with your activities; with a view to eliminating them or put in place controls to minimise their effects
- Increased health and safety awareness – and ISO45001 management system will help to increase employee awareness of occupational health and safety, ensuring workers take an active role in health and safety matters
- Enhanced reputation – Achieving certification to ISO45001 provides independent recognition that you have achieved a prestigious and international benchmark
- Improved legal compliance – ISO45001 helps to improve your ability to respond to regulatory compliance issues, reducing the overall costs of incidents and downtime
Statius specialises in implementing and maintaining management systems to a variety of standards. The most common being ISO45001 however, there are others; OHSAS 18001, the forerunner to the ISO45001 standard, BS8800 and HSG65. Statius has experience in all of these standards too.
There are two ways to build a management system:
- The easy way for the assessor to assess. This approach would use the standards structure, the standards terms terminology, but is often alienating to your staff
- The easy way for the company to get value from the system. This approach, our approach, seeks to understand your business and your processes and connect them to your existing objectives and key performance indicators. A create a cross reference is then created linking your system back to the clauses of the standard to make it easy for the assessor.
Which would you prefer?