Why should you consider ISO 45001:2018?


The World Congress on Safety and Health at Work reports 860 000 occupational injury-causing workplace accidents every day, costing an estimated 2.8 trillion USD.
To survive and thrive, organisations need to manage all their risks, including occupational health and safety risks. Poor OHS management has a devastating effect on people and numerous adverse effects on organisations. A safe workplace does not necessarily mean a healthy workplace, either.

Too often attention is focused on workplace safety, and occupational health issues are minimised or side-lined, even though the working environment is a powerful influencer on employees’ health, performance and well-being.

ISO 45001:2018 is set to drastically improve workplace safety and aims to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all employees and visitors. Although ISO 45001 is based on OHSAS 18001 – the former benchmark for OH&S – it is a distinct standard, not a revision or update, and organisations will need to change their thinking and work practices to maintain compliance.

The main change between ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001 is that ISO 45001 concentrates on the interaction between an organisation and its business environment, whereas OHSAS 18001 focused on managing OH&S hazards and internal issues.

We anticipate that most organisations will adopt ISO 45001 to establish an effective OH&S management system. There is no requirement to certify to an ISO management system standard but having a formal management system in place and enforcing best practice will bring many benefits of their own.

Key-Worx Risk Management is geared to assist any organisation with developing and implementing a certifiable tailor made ISO 45001:2018 management system.

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