WHY COMPLY TO THE ISO 45001?…
Why comply to ISO 45001? This International Standard specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS), with guidance for its use. It will enable an organisation to proactively improve its OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health. ISO 45001 is applicable to any organisation regardless of size or sector, that may wish to:
a) Establish an OH&S management system to eliminate or minimise those OH&S risks associated with your activities;
b) Establish, implement, maintain and continually improve an OHSMS and improve your OH&S performance;
c) Assure yourself of its’ conformity with applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which you subscribe;
d) Demonstrate conformity with the requirements of this International Standard.
Why comply to ISO 45001? The standard is intended to be applicable to any organisation regardless of its size, type and nature. All the requirements in the standard are intended to be integrated into the organisation’s management system and its business processes. The extent of the application will depend on factors such as the context in which the organisation operates and the requirements of its interested parties. Depending on an organisation’s determined scope for its OH&S management system, this International Standard requires the organisation to address the OH&S risks to persons working under its control (e.g. directors, other executives,managers, supervisors, workers and contractors). For some situations, the organisation may also choose, or be required by applicable legal requirements, to address:
a) the needs of other persons affected by the activities of the organisation, but who are not engaged in“occupational” activities for the organisation (such as some types of visitors or customers,neighbouring people or passers-by), through its OH&S management system.
b) the OH&S risks associated with all sites and work locations under its’ control, and to consider and take appropriate preventive measures to address the OH&S risks associated with workplaces that are not under its control, such as a suppliers premises. This International Standard enables an organisation to choose to address other aspects of health and safety, beyond “occupational” health and safety (e.g. employee wellness, well-being) through its OH&S management system.
The organisation could also be required by applicable legal requirements to address such issues. This International Standard does not state specific criteria for OH&S performance, nor is it prescriptive about the design of an OH&S management system. The standard does not address issues such as product safety, property damage or environmental impacts. It is however an integrated management system compatible with ISOs 9001, 14001, 27001 and others, that are in operation in over 1 million organisations.
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