The importance of occupational health and safety management is recognized, not only by employees but also by all stakeholders - employers, customers, suppliers, insurance companies, shareholders and society as a whole.
The best-known standard for occupational safety and health management systems, BS OHSAS 18001: 2007, received its successor in March 2018 in the ISO 45001: 2018 standard. This standard withdraws and replaces the OHSAS 18001: 2007 standard, which expires on March 11, 2021.
ISO 45001 is an excellent solution and response to the growing challenges facing organizations in terms of increasing the number of injuries at work, the duration of sick leave, lost working days, stricter regulations in this area, rising medical costs and the like.
This document specifies the requirements for the occupational safety and health (OH&S) management system and provides guidance on its use, to enable organizations to provide safe and healthy workplaces as well as to proactively improve their OH&S performance. This document is applicable to any organization wishing to establish, implement and maintain an OH&S management system to improve safety and health at work, eliminate hazards and minimize OH&S risks (including system deficiencies), take advantage of OH&S opportunities and to dealt with inconsistencies in the OH&S management system, which are related to its activities.
Benefits of applying OHSAS 18001 / ISO 45001:
- Saving money - by reducing direct and indirect costs incurred as a result of accidents, illness and other factors;
- Increasing productivity - by reducing downtime caused by illness or injury to workers;
- Risk reduction - for the human resources of the organization in any work environment;
- Gaining a competitive advantage - by demonstrating to stakeholders that the organization is in compliance with OH&S through certification;
- Improving transparency - a clearer understanding of security processes in the organization.