What is ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 is a global standard for occupational health and safety management, improving employee safety, reducing workplace risks and creating better and safer working conditions.
The standard demonstrates an organization's commitment to controlling its OHS risks by implementing processes and procedures to reduce the risk of work-related incidents.
Occupational health and safety is vital and employers should ensure that their organization complies with relevant health and safety legislation. The standard helps to ensure that a systematic approach is provided to involve employees, contractors and others in the prevention of health issues, damages and injuries at work. An OHS management system helps ensure that your organization meets all contractual requirements within supply chains.
ISO 45001 certification provides a framework for occupational health and safety management approaches to help organizations:
- Provide an effective process to improve occupational health and safety.
- Control the risks of accidents at work.
- Ensure compliance with the health and safety rules in force.
- Enable the organization to continuously improve its security and risk management practices.
What are the benefits of ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 certification enables an organization to improve its occupational health and safety by developing and implementing an OHS policy and OHS objectives. It establishes systematic processes that take into account risks, opportunities and legal requirements.
ISO 45001 certification enables organizations to:
- Determine OHS hazards and risks associated with activities, seeking to eliminate them or implementing controls to minimize potential effects.
- Establish operational controls to manage OHS risks, legal concerns and other requirements.
- Increase awareness of OHS risks.
- Evaluate its OHS performance and seek to improve it by taking the appropriate measures.
- Ensure that workers play an active role in OSH matters.
- Improve its ability to respond to health and safety regulatory compliance issues.
- Reduce the overall costs of work-related incidents.
- Reduce downtime and cost of interrupting operations.
- Reduce the cost of insurance premiums.
- Reduce absenteeism and staff turnover.
- Improve the reputation of having reached an international benchmark.
- Attract new customers who require active OHS compliance in tenders.
How to get ISO 45001 certification ?
ISO 45001 certification is obtained after validation of the continuous improvement process by an approved certification body. If the latter considers that the company has implemented measures to improve the safety at work of its employees, that these measures are deemed to be important, concrete and dedicated to reducing the risk at work, certification may be obtained. The audit will be considered favorable, and the company will have to persevere in its efforts to maintain the certification over time.