ISO 45001 is an internationally-recognised OH&S management system aimed at reducing the inherent risks associated with doing business on a day-to-day basis. Regardless of your size or operations, there are undoubtedly risks that need to be addressed, and ISO 45001 is designed to identify and reverse these.
The International Labour Organization estimates that 7,600 people die from a work-related accident or disease every day, and in light of this, certification in the space of occupational health and safety is becoming more important than ever before.
What is ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 is an internationally-recognised Occupational Health & Safety standard that signals to your staff, customers and applicable regulators that your organisation is committed to the safety of everyone it comes into contact with. ISO 45001 provides the framework for you to build a tailor-made occupational health & safety system for your organisation, in-line with internationally recognised best practices.
During the process of being certified to ISO 45001, you’ll be asked to develop and implement an OH&S policy which will give you valuable insight into your operations. Any risks you’ve identified will be addressed, monitored and adjusted, as specified by the plan-do-check-act model of improvement.
What are the Benefits of ISO 45001 Certification?
Aside from the most valuable benefit – reducing risks in your operations – certification provides an invaluable signal to important stakeholders – your employees, suppliers, regulators and your customers – that you not only recognise the risk, you’re actively committed as an organisation to addressing risks in your operations.
It positions your organisation as a market leader in terms of OH&S considerations, and increases organisational trust.
It’s also worth noting that large tenders, and government contracts more likely than not will ask for organisations to be certified to ISO 45001, as well as other systems like ISO 9001 – Quality Management – and ISO 14001 – Environmental Management. This is due to the fact that large entities are more willing to work with organisations they can be sure are risk-averse, and proactive in terms of their mitigation of occupational health and safety risks.