ISO 45001 is the latest standard to be published and focuses on safety. Previously, organizations would have to look outside ISO to OHSAS 18001 to show safety compliance. After many years of work, ISO has released 45001 which is the first International Standard for occupational health and safety. The standard is beneficial to any organization seeking to improve and show worker safety measures. Both captive and partner factories, as well as production facilities, have the opportunity to implement ISO 45001.
ISO 45001 is a standard which provides a set of requirements for establishing a safety management system. It does not mandate anything regarding how you address safety. If your organization is safe and operates within safety regulations, then you probably will not have to make any technical changes in how you treat safety to adopt ISO 45001. ISO 45001 requires organizations to have formal processes for identifying and reviewing safety hazards. It is up to your organization to decide if any actions are necessary. ISO 45001 uses the Plan-Do-Check-Act model to provide a low cost and simple framework for establishing compliance with the ISO 45001 standard.
ISO 45001 takes the same risk-based approach as other standards meaning organizations should prepare for all potential health and safety issues. By taking a risk-based approach, ISO 45001 ensures management is aware of any potential problems and the procedures for prevention, so responsibility and accountability are clear. ISO 45001 shows due diligence and provides a safe work environment for all workers. The emphasis 45001 places on company-wide engagement is critical. The company-wide engagement in 45001 shows organizations are taking workers safety concerns to heart and are implementing procedures to ensure a healthy work environment.
Many organizations already have safety expertise in-house because they are bound to government regulatory agencies such as OSHA or perhaps have implemented OHSAS 18001 in the past. However, the missing piece may be management system expertise. ISO 45001 provides the opportunity for organizations who have already adopted ISO 9001 or 14001 to show their management expertise in safety as well. Safety is an essential aspect of every organization. As such, organizations should ensure ISO 45001 is implemented the first time correctly.
Cavendish Scott has the expertise to help you implement ISO 45001. We have been working with ISO management system standards for over 30 years. We have the experience of designing and executing thousands of management systems and have never failed an ISO assessment. We are extremely business focused and deliver practical, low maintenance, and value-added solutions. Our turnkey consulting approach takes most of the effort from you while guaranteeing a successful registration.
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