ISO 45001- So Far, So Good?

ISO 45001- So Far, So Good?

24th July 2019

Last year we brought our readers a few articles on the new global standard for occupational health and safety management, ISO 45001 which was designed to improve work safety in global supply chains and help companies and organisations of all sizes, across all industries, to reduce injuries in the workplace.  According to the British Safety Council (BSC), the ISO 45001 will eventually replace up to 23 different standards around the world.  Today, we’re reporting on the recent statement at the Safety and Health Expo 2019 by the British Standards Institute’s (BSI’s) Market Development Manager, Quentin Dunstan, who said that although IS) 45001 is a “robust statement of best practice”, it does not do much on its own.

However, he went on to say that if you have the standard in place, it makes people pay attention, as well as ensuring that all legal and regulatory compliances are being met.  The standard should also help to reduce the type of business losses that result when people are not paying attention, enhancing brand responsibility and trust because it demonstrates that the company takes health and safety issues seriously. 

IN order to ensure that ISO 45001 supports a strong safety culture within an organisation, this will depend on a variety of other factors, including:

  • Whether an organisation’s leadership is on board
  • Whether the correct processes are in place and whether the end product is safe
  • Whether staff are properly trained and understand what is expected.

Dunstan went on to reiterate that these shared purposes have to “go right the way through” an organisation, all the way to the top, and not just be the concern of those on the “sharp end of the action”.  If the people at the top of the organisational structure do not support the shared purposes, those who work below them will not take them seriously and take the risks and short cuts that commonly result in accidents or other incidents.  The leadership of any organisation has a direct effect on the vision and purpose of the organisation, including in the areas of resource management and reputational risk. 

Creating a robust health and safety culture within an organisation is essential across all sectors, especially in the industries that present a higher risk for workers.  However large or small the construction company, whatever type of construction work is undertaken, a well-documented health and safety management system is essential to ensure that people are safe in the workplace. 

Next week we’ll be taking a look at the ten key elements for success when creating an occupational health and safety management system.  Don’t miss out on the second part of this article that contains vital information on how to ensure safety in the workplace – why not follow us on Facebook or Twitter and get a notification when the article is published?