NQA welcomes the arrival of ISO 45001 - the new Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard.
Health & safety professionals and organizations all over the world have been eagerly awaiting the publication of the final ISO 45001 standard. The new standard is intended to be applicable to any organization irrespective of size, type and nature and all of its requirements are designed to be integrated into a business’s own pre-existing management processes.
Well it's here and now what?
Firstly - don't be afraid of this new standard – even though it is completely new, it builds on established foundations of BS OHSAS 18001. The structure of this new standard will be familiar to those of you who use the 2015 revision to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 – Annex SL.
If you have certification to OHSAS 18001 you will need to migrate to ISO 45001
to maintain the validity of certification.
NQA has recently been involved in an IOSH round table discussion on ISO 45001 and what it can mean to subscribing organizations. The discussion centred on context, leadership and consultation and participation of the workers within the development and functioning of the management system. We will be writing blog articles over the next few months to ensure we support you with further information on these subjects.
The new standard has been designed to help companies achieve the following:
- Identify workplace hazards and implement effective preventive controls
- Prevent injury and ill-health among your workforce
- Reduce lost time accidents therefore cost saving
- Evaluation of compliance with legislative requirements
- Improves the safety culture
- Identify areas for training and competency requirements
- Improve productivity
- Assist with pre-qualification processes from your customers
- Promote corporate responsibility
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
Firstly we are here to help and support new and existing clients every step of the way. You can find more information about this new standard and the differences between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 here:
ISO 45001 USEFUL TIMELINE