The standard enables organisations to manage their risks and improve performance to minimise the effects their operations could have on employees, contractors or visitors.
The International Labour Organisation estimated that there were 2.34 million deaths in 2013 related to work based activities. By improving the health and safety of its employees, organisations can benefit from improvements in productivity, employee motivation and, in some cases, can obtain lower insurance premiums by reducing risks.
The new standard is currently under review and publication is expected around the end of 2016.
ISO 45001 is the first internationally recognised standard for OH&S that can be applied to all types of organisation.
ISO 45001 is intended to be integrated into an organisations existing management systems and processes. With this in mind, the new standard will use Annex SL which is included in other ISO standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
Annex SL is the new high level structure for the recently updated ISO management system standards that provides common terminology to make integration easier to achieve.
The aim is to tailor the OH&S management system to the needs of the organisation. For example, high risk businesses will need to implement a more detailed system to prevent injuries and ill-health in their workplace compared to smaller or low risk businesses. Employee participation will be encouraged in the implementation and maintenance of the system to ensure risks are managed effectively.
Benefits of ISO 45001
Achieving ISO 45001 certification brings a host of benefits to an organisation and its employees:
- Improves productivity by reducing downtime
- Reputation for safety
- Employee involvement in OH&S
- Better awareness of risks
- Cost savings
- Meets legal obligations