ISO 45001 Certification
What is ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 Standard specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. ISO 45001 provides a framework for developing and implementing standardized safety processes and procedures. These processes are designed to identify and control risks systematically, ensuring that safety measures are consistently applied throughout the organization.
The goal of ISO 45001 standard is to provide a safe and healthy workplace for employees and visitors. To achieve this, it is necessary to control all factors that might result in illness, injury, or in certain cases death. ISO 45001 covers all of these aspects and provides guidance on how to mitigate conditions which may lead to adverse effects on employee’s or visitors’ health or safety. Get a free quote for ISO 45001 system.
Why have an ISO 45001 Certification?
As per data given by International Labour Organization, more than 7600 people die from work-related accidents or diseases every single day. In Australia, 3,751 workers have been killed in work-related incidents between 2003 and 2018. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Work Related Injuries Survey, in 2017–18 more than 560,000 people were estimated to have had a work-related injury or disease
ISO 45001 standard was established by an ISO committee of occupational health & safety experts to ensure that that three million valuable lives are saved each year.
Workplace Health and Safety has gained importance over recent years with state governments establishing stringent requirements related to worker’s health and safety. Having certification to ISO 45001 is a prerequisite in most government tenders.
Work-related health issues and injuries due to the nature of work or accidents can have a significant impact on an organization’s productivity and result in financial loss for the business. Direct costs involve productivity loss due to downtime, fines or insurance premiums or cost incurred on damaged equipment, replacement staff and other resources. While this direct cost is tangible, the effects this can have on employee morale, which is not tangible, causes significant loss to the business. Low motivation levels of employees can reduce overall employee productivity and result in high employee turnover.
Another indirect loss that organizations face is the loss of customers who are concerned with the company’s reputation and may not like to work with a company with a high number of workplace injuries and health concerns. Additionally, some countries may also have strict regulations with regard to employee’s health and safety which, if not followed, may lead to strict fines or other legal actions.
This is where ISO 45001 steps in. ISO 45001 is an internationally renowned standard for occupational health and safety designed to help organizations build safe workplaces for their employees.
How To Get ISO 45001 Certification
The first step in getting ISO 45001 certification is developing a Safety Management System that has certain procedures and processes that meet the requirements of the standard. After the system has been developed, you need to implement it in your business and provide training to staff on using the system. The next step is to conduct an internal audit to ensure that the system has been succesfully implemnted and that your staff are working in accordance with the system. Before you can have your certification audit you also need to conduct a management meeting to review the performance of the system. Now you can apply for certification by contacting one of the Eighty-eight certification bodies operating in Australia.
What are the Benefits of ISO 45001 Certification?
Implementing an ISO 45001 Safety Management System (SMS) can bring numerous benefits to your business, especially if safety is a significant concern in your industry. ISO 45001 is an internationally recognized standard for occupational health and safety management systems. Here are some of the key benefits:
Improve your Business Ability to Meet Regulatory Requirements
Implementing an ISO 45001 Safety Management System (SMS) can significantly improve an organization’s ability to meet regulatory requirements related to occupational health and safety. helps in complying with regulatory requirements because it demonstrates that your organization has established a structured approach to safety.
Improved Safety Performance
ISO 45001 provides a structured framework for identifying hazards, assessing risks, and implementing controls. This leads to a safer working environment and reduced workplace accidents and incidents.
Reduced Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
Implementing ISO 45001 can help prevent work-related injuries and illnesses, reducing absenteeism and healthcare costs. A safer workplace also boosts employee morale and productivity.
Enhanced Customer’s Trust
Certification to ISO 45001 demonstrates your commitment to safety, which can enhance your company’s reputation with customers and stakeholders. It provides a competitive advantage in winning tenders and contracts.
By preventing accidents and injuries, you can reduce costs associated with workers’ compensation, medical expenses, and insurance premiums. Additionally, improved efficiency in safety processes can lead to cost savings.
Increased Employee Engagement
Involving employees in the development and implementation of the SMS fosters a culture of safety and engagement. Employees who feel their safety is a priority are more likely to be motivated and loyal.
Better Risk Management
ISO 45001 requires a systematic approach to risk assessment and management. This can help you identify and mitigate risks more effectively, ensuring the continuity of your business operations.
What does ISO 45001 Mean for your Business?
Organizations that have implemented ISO 45001 are regarded as a safe place to work and is recognized by customers who are concerned about their social responsibility. Apart from this, your business will benefit by overall reduction of incidents which not only reduce costs involved, but also reduce downtime and cost of disruption to operations. Furthermore, your cost of insurance premiums are reduced. Employee turnover rates improve and reduces absenteeism from work. Your organization also respond better to regulatory compliance issues.
Steps in Developing ISO 45001 Health and Safety System
1. Business review
Our consultant will review and assess your operations and identify safety risks and hazards.
2. System development
In this stage controls to mitigate risks will be put into place. Your consultant will develop procedures for continuously identifying, recording, managing and analysing safety-related data will be implemented. Controls will be put into place to prevent accidents and incidents and ensure that hazards, incidents, and accidents are identified, investigated and addressed.
Your consultant will provide clear instructions how to implement the system in your business.
4. Internal audit
Your consultant will conduct an internal audit to ensure that you are ready for certification.
The safety management system will be certified for conformance with ISO 45001 by a third-party certifying body.
Who can be Certified to ISO 45001?
Any organization can implement ISO 45001 regardless of its size, type and nature. Also note that organizations may be required by applicable legal requirements to also address workers health and safety.
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