05 Jul 2024

What are the benefits of ISO 45001?

ISO 450001

ISO 45001 is the International standard for Occupational Health & Safety Management. This superseded the UK Standard OHSAS 18001.

Attaining the standard allows organisations to benchmark themselves against a set criteria. This demonstrates best practice and statutory compliance within their activities. In addition, ISO 45001 helps companies manage risk in the workplace and improve employee safety.

Any organisation regardless of size or industry can benefit from this standard. If you are in a period of growth, looking to enter new markets or applying for tenders that require Occupation Health & Safety assurance of suppliers’ products, processes, and operating procedures, then ISO 45001 could be the answer.

What is involved with ISO 45001 certification?

ISO 45001 is a valuable framework, directly aligned with ISO 9001 (Quality management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management).  If your organisation already has either of these in place, or already has a health and safety management system, it may be an easy process to align these to ISO 45001.

You will need to:

  • Carry out a gap analysis to see where you currently sit within the framework. You may be pleasantly surprised!
  • Develop policies and procedures aligned to the standard.
  • Ascertain roles and responsibilities.
  • Ensure your have a robust risk management culture
  • Establish how you will identify, evaluate, and manage changes.
  • Define how you will document this.
  • Identify any training and additional resources that you may require.
  • Ensure risk assessments are suitable and sufficient.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance regularly at all levels within the business.
  • Demonstrate continual improvement.

How ISO 45001 can help you

The main aim of ISO 45001 is to demonstrate an organisation’s commitment to provide a safe and healthy working environment. However, this also creates other benefits:

  • Increases employee engagement in health and safety culture.
  • Reduces number and cost of incidents.
  • Ensures legal compliance.
  • Enhances reputation.
  • Improves employee retention, reduces absenteeism, and hence improves turnover.
  • Reduces operating costs.
  • Competitive advantage.
  • Reduces insurance premiums.
  • Improves relationships with stakeholders.
  • Maintains customer retention.
  • Provides more opportunities to grow the business.
  • A systematic pro-active approach with measurable results.

Looking to implement ISO 45001 but not sure where to start?

If you would like to achieve this certification, but concerned about not having the resources or correct competencies in-house, we can help! Our team of experts will offer a comprehensive service to carry out the gap analysis, help you understand the requirements and find solutions to your specific business needs, carry out on-site assessments and implement a management system for you. They will offer advice and guide you every step of the way to gain certification. Provide continual ongoing support for improvement, making the process as straight forward as possible for you. So you can continue running your business.

If you would like to discuss how to implement ISO 45001, please complete our contact form below.

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