What you need to know about ISO 45001
ISO 45001 revolves around reducing the risks to employees by creating better and safer workplaces. A certified safety system can assist your company to meet legal obligations and licensing conditions, develop an effective methodology for identifying hazards within your workplace, and assess and control safety risks within your organisation. For many organisations, the aim is to achieve an environment where no harm is inflicted on their employees and 100% legal compliance. Achieving these challenges requires systematic management disciplines.
Why would you choose ISO 45001
ISO 45001 shares the majority of its framework with both AS/NZS4801 and the former standard OHSAS18001, so if your business is certified to or familiar with either of these standards the transition will be smoother. The new standard also follows the same Annex SL structure as the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 revisions for ease of integration with your existing systems.
Being able to create a safe working environment is broadly recognised as a license to operate within the contemporary business environment in Australia and the majority of the world. After keeping your employees as safe as possible, the main reason for Safety Certification is that external stakeholders like your customers, regulators, and governments want an external independent assessment of your safety systems. New customers (in particular principals where you may be operating on their site) want to know you have robust safety processes in place well before you start work. Safety certification is also a good tool to help you manage risks, legal compliance, and improves your processes.
Benefits of the ISO 45001 Certification
ISO 45001 has been created to help organisations of varying sizes and differing industries, the international standard assists with reducing workplace injuries and illnesses on a global scale. Additional benefits of ISO 45001 certification includes ensuring you have an effective OHS policy and objectives, processes for identifying hazards and managing safety risks, reduction in workplace injuries, a demonstrated commitment towards safety for both internal and external stakeholders, and access to key markets.
The standard will require your organisation to create, monitor and measure your own occupational, health and safety performance. This allows your organisation to measure its own performance, address the issues and continue to refine and improve your organisational occupational, health and safety performance. Additionally, the standard facilitates continual improvement within your organisation.