The new international way to manage occupational health & safety Isle of Man

Every year, millions of workers are injured or lose their lives globally from work-related accidents and diseases. Organisations worldwide recognize the need to provide a safe and healthy working environment, reduce the likelihood of accidents and demonstrate they are actively managing risks. The new international standard for occupational health and safety will provide an internationally accepted framework that will help protect employees as well as protecting the longevity and health of an organization.

So why the new international standard?

Every day across the globe, horrific statistics for health and safety incidents, accidents and their related costs are recorded. Although organisations tend to use generic health and safety guidelines or national and consortia standards, none of these demonstrate global conformity.

There was a worldwide need to harmonize health and safety management systems using an international standard and sharing best practices. This can be seen at local, national, regional and global levels – applying to both developing and developed countries. With an international standard to refer to, together with the right infrastructure and training, organisations will be able to address these risks better in future.

ISO 45001 is based on the new ISO High Level Structure (HLS) for management system standards which:-

  • Integrates with other management systems
  • Provides an integrated approach to organisational management
  • Reflects the increasingly complex environments in which organisations operate
  • Enhance an organisation’s ability to address their health & safety risks

Resource Link: https://www.iso.org/iso-45001-occupational-health-and-safety.html

PREPARING FOR ISO 45001

The final version of ISO 45001 is currently expected in Q4 2017, it is envisaged that upon its publication, OHSAS 18001 will be withdrawn and there will be a three year period of migration allowed for organisations already certified to OHSAS 18001.

Contact ISO QA Isle of Man for a free consultation on ISO 45001 and migrating from OHSAS 18001 for Health and Safety Isle of Man.