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What ISO 45001 Could Mean for Your Business

As your organization looks to reinvent your safety management system, ISO 45001 could guide the way.

The ISO 45001 standard is a voluntary set of guidelines that provide a framework to establish an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS). Developing an OHSMS aligned with ISO 45001 can improve worker safety by reducing workplace risks that result in incidents, save time and money, and can align your team around policies that work.

Reducing Incidents to Keep the Team Safe

ISO 45001 recommends frameworks for how businesses can keep their workers safe and productive. Safety is directly related to productivity, and reducing workplace risks that result in incidents and costly delays keeps the team efficient and effective.

ISO 45001 specifies requirements for an OHSMS that will enable an organization to proactively improve its occupational health and safety performance in preventing injury and illness in the workplace. Under ISO 45001, your team will be able to identify risks that result in workplace incidents and prevent most incidents before they occur while reducing the impacts of those that do happen. No plan can prevent all risk, but ISO 45001 requires organizations to know where accidents can happen.

Comprehensive Safety Management Planning

When you implement ISO 45001 standards for safety management, you gain a clear set of policies that document risk, prevention, and response. In most organizations, this information may or may not be documented, or could be missing in times of need.

Safety is a system, and without all of the pieces in place – risk, prevention, and mitigation included – the process will not be as effective.

ISO 45001 takes the guesswork out of policy, offering you a model OHSMS program that accounts for the entire safety lifecycle. The new standard will outline how to document risk across functions, put forth mitigation strategies that reduce these risks, and provide a framework for creating new policy. Modifying this model approach saves you time and reduces the complexity in implementing a safety management program from scratch.

A Common Safety Management Approach

Organized approaches to safety management naturally save money. They reduce time spent developing policies from scratch or wondering how to create the plan. ISO 45001 offers the opportunity to spend more time getting the right safety approach in place that works specifically for your team. The result is a program that is widely adopted and effective, instead of one that sits on the shelf.

While ISO 45001 is meant specifically for occupational health and safety, its general approach to risk, policy, and prevention can also be used across other management systems such as quality (ISO 9001) and environment (ISO 14001) ISO 45001 has the same organization and uses about 50% of the same language found in ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.  

While ISO 45001 is an optional standard for your organization, its benefits go beyond certification. Organizations that align to ISO 45001 will gain a clear, effective health and safety management program that reduces risks while keeping the team working – a clear win-win.

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