ISO 45001 is the internationally recognised Management Standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S).
It sets out the policies and procedures you need to prevent work related injury and ill health to workers and to provide safe and healthy workplaces.
ISO 45001 helps you identify your objectives and determine the processes and resources required to manage OH&S risks and opportunities. This is done by implementing an Operational Health & Safety Management System (OH&SMS).
You may already have a number policies and procedures in place to help manage your OH&S risks.
However, making sure that everybody is aware of your policies and that everyone follows them in the same way, can sometimes be difficult to manage.
With the ISO 45001 Standard, you will have robust framework to help you define, document, monitor, review and update your occupational health and safety processes, ensuring they are consistently applied.
How do I implement ISO-45001?
- Define the context of the organisation (e.g interested parties) and determine the scope of the OH&SMS.
- Secure senior leadership support and establish a OH&S Policy.
- Plan how to address risks and opportunities (with a focus on hazard identification and determination of legal obligations)
- Set OH&S objectives and plan how to achieve them
- Outline resources (people, infrastructure, etc) and documentation necessary to support the OH&SMS.
- Prepare emergency procedures (in the event of a serious incident)
- Establish performance evaluation procedures (including an internal audit function).
- Define an improvement process.
What is a Operational Health & Safety Management System (OH&SMS)?
A Operational Health & Safety Management System, or OH&SMS, is a set of processes, policies and records that define and describe how your organisation manages its occupational health and safety risks. A well designed OH&SMS needs to be constructed around the specific needs of the company in question, but it is here that ISO 45001 can serve as an excellent guide as to the sorts of policies and procedures to implement.
What does ISO 45001 cover?
The aim of ISO 45001 is to “prevent work related injury and ill health to workers and to provide safe and healthy workplaces.” In order to achieve this, the standard takes a systematic approach to occupational health and safety management that looks at a broad range of factors, from leadership commitment through to appropriate use of personal protective equipment.
Who needs ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 is perfect for any organisation, whatever their size, looking to effectively manage their OH&S risks and capitalize on OH&S opportunities.