The Australian transport, postal and warehousing industries, agriculture, forestry and fishing industries, and construction industries had the most number of workplace fatalities in 2018, amounting to 69% of all deaths, as per Safe Work Australia. In 2019, 162 lost their lives while working, a statistic that increased from 2018’s 144. These statistics highlight the need for safer workplaces across all industries. This is where ISO 45001 comes in.

ISO standards, including ISO 45001 are developed to ensure continued improvement of products and services and to help organizations, companies, and governments become more efficient in their everyday processes. Some standards, such as the ISO 45001, deal with specific aspects of the business. In this case, ISO 45001 deals with occupational health and safety.

 

ISO 45001: Top 5 Commonly Asked Questions and Answers

 

What is ISO 45001 and what are its objectives?

ISO 45001 is an occupational health and safety standard developed to ensure that employee safety is improved, workplace risks are reduced, and working conditions continually become safer. These guidelines set the minimum standard of practice to protect employees worldwide from risks in the workplace. According to ISO.org, ISO 45001 “provides a framework to increase safety, reduce workplace risks and enhance health and well-being at work, enabling an organization to proactively improve its OH&S performance.”

 

Where is ISO 45001 applicable and who is it designed for?

ISO 45001 is applicable to any type and any size of business, from any sector or industry. This standard outlines the best practices to continually ensure a safe and healthy workplace for employees and those who interact with the business, such as suppliers, clients, and visitors. Any business can obtain ISO 45001 certification by conducting a business audit assisted by occupational health and safety or OHS consultants.

 

What are the objectives of ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 was first proposed in October 2013 and was developed to replace OHSAS 18001. It builds and expends on the foundation set by OHSAS 18001 and according to the NQA Global Certification Body, is also “designed to integrate with other revised ISO management standards, eg; ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. ISO 45001, unlike its predecessor OHSAS 18001, aims to provide an international framework that also accounts for the interaction between the organization and its business environment, as per ISO.org. Note however, that ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001, while having similarities, are two separate standards. Businesses who area already certified for OHSAS 18001 are still encouraged to apply for an ISO 45001 certification as evidence that the business is compliant and that it meets the standard’s criteria. OHS consultants can assist in applying for an ISO 45001 certification and ensuring that legislation updates are implemented in the existing OHS management system.

 

What are the main benefits of an ISO 45001 certification?

There are several benefits of complying to and achieving an ISO 45001 certification. Complying to ISO 45001 means that an organization has put in place an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system that helps manage business risks relating to workplace safety and employee health. Some of the benefits of which are outlined by ISO.org: a reduced number of workplace incidents, reduced rate of absenteeism and staff turnover (which then increases productivity), diminished cost of insurance premiums, the establishment of a health and safety culture, a deeper commitment to improve OHS performance across the board, the ability to meet regulatory requirements and legislative updates, improved employee morale, and a better reputation as a company.

 

How can OHS consultants help businesses achieve an ISO 45001 certification?

Getting an ISO 45001 certification is no easy feat, especially for businesses that have not established in-house teams to tackle ISO certification. In this case, businesses are recommended to consult OHS consultants to aid in integrating all ISO standards, where applicable, to create seamless systems for success, minimising change by building and customising a solution to fit the business’ unique needs, creating user-friendly tools that’s easy to maintain and change as needs change, and saving time and resources by ensuring that documentation is not duplicated. OHS consultants also provide assistance in auditing current processes and identifying organisational gaps that need to be addressed to meet ISO 45001 certification requirements.

 

Getting compliant to ISO 45001 Australia and ensuring legislative updates are implemented in your OHS management system is a job best done by OHS consultants. These consultants can ensure that legislation updates are correctly implemented so that your business continues to maintain global ISO standards. Seek the assistance of OHS consultants and experience the benefits of an ISO 45001 certification today.