New international standard for health and safety management launched
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has now launched a new international standard for occupational health and safety.
ISO 45001 aims to help businesses to reduce the effects of occupational injuries and diseases by setting out the requirements of an effective health and safety management system.
The new standard follows the approach of other management system standards, which will be familiar to businesses. These models aim to use resources efficiently and manage risks proportionately.
According to the ISO, adopting the standard should not only reduce incidents, accidents and ill-health in the workplace, but also bring associated benefits such as reduced absenteeism and staff turnover, lower insurance premiums, improved commercial reputation, and a health and safety culture that encourages staff to take an active role in their own wellbeing.
Businesses can choose to work towards certification to demonstrate their consistent compliance with the standard. However, the standard also provides a useful guide to any business seeking to improve its health and safety management systems, whether or not certification is the goal.
The standard can be found on the ISO website: https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#iso:std:iso:45001:ed-1:v1:en
Information on implementing the new ISO 45001 standard and certification can be obtained from the BSI: https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB...
Hawkes Health is also happy to provide further advice in adopting and implementing this standard. Email Ian Waldram or call 01224 674174.