The first internationally agreed standard for health and safety is to be introduced in October 2016.
The new standard – ISO 45001 – offers your organisation a route to:
- Improve employee safety
- Reduce workplace risks
- Create better, safer working conditions.
ISO 45001 (health and safety) will replace OHSAS 18001, and sit alongside revised versions of ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management).
The focus for the new standard is on leadership, and ensuring there is an effective strategy in place for health and safety management. Having ISO recognition is likely to increase the profile and credibility of health and safety, but it remains to be seen whether it will drive more organisations to pursue the certification.
New standard must address shortcomings of BS OHSAS 18001
Our clients often tell us that they believe achieving the current BS OHSAS 18001 certification is overly bureaucratic and complex, citing onerous paperwork and auditing schedules. Many choose to adopt the spirit of the standard, without gaining the ‘badge’ bestowed by certification.
Not ‘one size fits all’
ISO say that 45001 is aimed at organisations of any size but is not ‘one size fits all’. Any type of system can conform to the standard, provided it is appropriate to the organisation, and effective. And effectiveness is crucial.
An organisation could have the most comprehensive, well thought out management system in the world, but if it doesn’t work in practice and people don’t buy into it, then it will never be effective … and the burden of injury and ill health will persist.
Expert advice on ISO 45001 certification
Organisations adopting the ISO 45001 standard, or going for certification, should seek expert advice to help them understand how the standard can be effectively applied.
We know from experience that organisations can achieve the standards without unnecessary bureaucracy, if they plan the change well, carefully map the scope of the standard, and choose their certifiers and auditors wisely.
To ensure your organisation is ISO 45001 ready, contact us.
Find out more about the changes to the standard, here: http://www.iso.org/iso/iso45001