Kilometer 0 – Everything you need to know about ISO 45001:2018, Operational safety management

Every day, thousands of lives are put at risk because of accidents or work-related diseases.

All these problems have a solution – ISO 45001:2018, the standard for the occupational health and safety sector, which proposes a substantial improvement in the safety of employees and work processes.

Whether you are a business owner or an employee, you share a common goal – staff safety in the workplace.

Much of the productivity can be attributed to staff working in a supportive environment that provides transparency and trust throughout work operations. In addition, responsible practices are increasingly important for brand reputation.

What is ISO 45001:2018, Operational Security Management?
We believe it is mile 0 in the field of occupational health and safety.
ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems provides a single, clear framework for all organisations seeking to improve performance in the HSE sector.
To achieve this, it is crucial to control all the factors that could cause illness, injury and in extreme cases death by mitigating adverse effects on a person’s physical, mental and cognitive state, and ISO 45001 covers all these aspects.

What are the notable differences between OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 45001:2018?
The main difference is that ISO 45001 focuses on the interaction between an organisation and its business environment, while OHSAS 18001 focuses on managing hazards and other internal issues.
ISO 45001 is process-based, while OHSAS 18001 is procedure-based
ISO 45001 is dynamic in all clauses, while OHSAS 18001 is not
ISO 45001 considers both risk and opportunity, whereas OHSAS 18001 deals exclusively with risk
ISO 45001 includes stakeholder views while OHSAS 18001 does not

What do you need to know if you have achieved ISO 45001:2018 certification?
ISO 45001 adopts a high-level structure, based on definitions and terms identical to other ISO management system standards such as ISO 9001:2015 (Quality management) and ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental management). If you are already familiar with the common framework, then much of ISO 45001 will seem familiar and you will just need to fill in the ‘gaps’ in your system.

My organisation is ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certified.
How can ISO 45001:2018 be used in relation to other management systems?
The ISO common framework for management system standards was deliberately developed to facilitate the integration of new management systems into an organisation’s existing management systems. For example, ISO 45001 is closely related to ISO 14001, due to the fact that the mix of environmental & SSM functions is agreed by most organisations.

How to use ISO 45001:2018?

We believe that most organisations use ISO 45001 to create an effective management system.
The benefits of ISO 45001 are endless when implemented correctly. On the one hand, the standard requires that risks are addressed and controlled, on the other it uses a risk-based approach to the management system itself to ensure that it is effective and that it is continually improved to respond to an organisation’s changing context.
Moreover, it ensures compliance with current legislation worldwide.

We believe that all of these measures combined can establish an organisation’s reputation as ‘a safe place to work’, bringing a range of corollary benefits, from reduced insurance costs to improved employee morale – all of which contribute to the organisation’s strategic objectives.

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