What is ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 aligns with ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environment Management) and builds on OHSAS 18001 – a framework aimed at controlling risks.
The product of collaboration between more than 70 countries – the system is designed to work with any organisation, large or small. The framework is designed to control health and safety risks, reduce potential accidents, aid legislative compliance and improve overall performance.
The standard guides organisations in the development and implementation of health and safety policies with the right objectives. It also addresses the fact that an increasing number of companies want detailed information on their suppliers’ occupational health and safety practices to protect their brands.
Some of the concerns ISO 45001 specifically addresses include:
The standards within ISO 45001 are not necessarily new or even tough to implement. It is simply a systematic approach to ensure all aspects are considered when directing operations in the workplace. It stresses the responsibilities of those in authority and acknowledges the necessity of everyone in the workplace to participate.
Simple, manageable steps, and an all-inclusive culture where everyone participates are key to safety success. Many companies already have processes in place to satisfy 45001 – these principles are now affordable for even the smallest business.