Health & Safety of Workers | ISO 45001

The new ISO 45001:2018 is proposed as a standard applicable in all organizations, without distinctions related to the place, size or type of activity. It is structured to replace BS OHSAS 18001 and, like this standard, is based on the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) model. 

In addition, the new standard also refers to the regulations in force in the individual countries, as well as the provisions of the International Workers' Organization ILO-OSH, harmonizing them and expanding their scope of action.

Ultimately, it is built according to the same structure (HLS) as ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, which will make it easier to integrate health and safety management system with quality and environmental management system.  

The ISO 45001 standard focuses on the identification of all those internal and external aspects that can influence the individual organization in the management of health and safety at work. 

The main points are as follows: 

  • More attention and controls on all organizations having connections with the organization: equipment, contractors, manufactures, etc.
  • Promotion of internal and external communication related to health and safety issue
  • The need to better take into account the reports, needs and aspirations of workers throughout the production chain
  • The need to urge leadership to pay more attention to health and safety, avoiding delegating them, but integrating them with other management aspects
  • Risk analysis as a fundamental and fundamental point in business management
  • Some corrections to BS OHSAS 18001 in emergency management. 

Lack of safety in the workplace - the consequences 

At the economic level, the lack of security in the workplace can be trasformed into early retirement, increased insurance over, absense of staff and other additional costs for the individual company and the entire state. 

Each year, around 2.3 milion people worldwide die as a result of accidents or injuries at work, which translates into more the 6.300 people a day. 

In order to help organizations fighting workplace accidents and promoting a culture based on safety and health, ISO has released the new standard, ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management system. 

Through certification by an indipendent third-party body, the company provides credibility of its commitments to its customers and stakeholders. 

UNI Notes

30.01.2018 - UNI also announced that it is working to adopt the ISO 45001 standard, the text of which will be supplemented with some clarification notes referring to Italian legislation. UNI recalls that ISO 45001 complies with the common HLS structure of standards on management systems as well as other standards including OHSAS 18001.

David Smith, president of ISO/PC 283 "Occupational health and safety management systems" (the Project Committee that developed the document) explains the role and value of this document in the global regulatory landscape: "We have an international standard on health and safety at work that fits perfectly with other standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO/IEC 27001 and is able to help organizations manage this 'key' risk as part of their business processes. ISO 45001 represents a significant improvement over OHSAS 18001, which has already shown that the risk-based approach works worldwide and in all sectors of activity.

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