Are you ISO 45001 ready?

Published:  15 August, 2018

Published on 15th March 2018, ISO 45001:2018 constitutes the world’s first occupational health and safety international standard. Businesses are being urged to take up the mantel and ensure they are ‘ISO 45001 compliant’ ahead of time in order to help improve standards for all.

Replacing the current OSHAS 18001, the new standard is intended to offer one single set of requirements designed to help organisations of all types and sizes create and implement systems that proactively prevent work-related injury and ill health.

This major safety shakeup comes as it is estimated that over 2.78 million people still die each year as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases – in addition to some 374 million non-fatal, work-related injuries and illnesses each year.1

As such, although not coming into full effect until March 2021, businesses are being encouraged to embrace the new standards now in order to ensure they are creating the safest and healthiest environment possible for employees.

Gregg Elwell, UK technical manager for Bureau Veritas, said: “Unfortunately, the reality is that poor workplace safety remains a huge international issue with the estimated global total of fatal occupational accidents and work-related illness increasing by almost a fifth (19%) in the last three years alone.

“At the same time, consumers are also becoming more and more demanding of the companies from which they buy products and services, resulting in tighter deadlines and added pressures – leaving a broader scope for error.

“As such, it is more important than ever for businesses to take proactive steps to improve health and safety management. Although ISO 45001 will only come into effect following a three year transitional period, we would urge businesses to embrace the new standard ahead of time to ensure they are promoting absolute best practice.”

To provide greater clarity on the issue, Bureau Veritas has launched a white paper, ‘Understanding the Transition to ISO 45001’, detailing how the new standard can help organisations improve workplace safety.

The paper explains the benefits of adopting a health and safety management system, laying out the requirements of the new standard and exploring the advantages of achieving certification. It also provides specific information on key differences compared to existing occupational health and safety management standards.

Following the publication of ISO 45001, a three year transition period is now in place after which OHAS 18001 certificates will expire and organisations must achieve certification to ISO 45001.

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