Occupational Health and Safety Management System: ISO 45001:2018
Health and Safety in the workplace is the number one priority in most of the companies. The ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System sets the minimum standard practice to protect workers.
The ISO 45001 is the first international standard for occupational health and safety that provides a framework to increase workplace safety, reduce risks, and enhance health and well-being at work, enabling the companies to proactively improve its OHS performance.
What are the benefits in implementing ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 enables companies to establish an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS). This will help them manage their OHS risks and improve OHS performance.
Key potential benefits includes:
Reduction of workplace incidents.
Reduced absenteeism and staff turnover, leading to increased productivity.
Reduced cost of insurance premiums.
Creation of a health and safety culture, whereby employees are encouraged to take an active role in their own OHS.
Reinforced leadership commitment to proactively improve OHS performance.
Ability to meet legal and regulatory requirements.
Improved staff morale.
How to implement ISO 45001?
Few tips to get you started in implementing ISO 45001:
Analyze your company’s context that is relevant to OHS like the internal and external factors as well as the interested parties that might impact your business.
Decide the scope of the OHSMS, if what are your system boundaries.
Set your OHS policy and objectives.
Give the time frame if when you will implement the system and plan how to achieve it.
Identify any competence and resources gaps that need to be addressed before implementing the standard.
Consider to get support from any OHS consultant to speed-up the development and implementation of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System.