ISO 45001 about the standard
ISO 45001:2018 was published in March 2018 and replaces OHSAS 18001:2007 for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, with a three year transitional period.
It is estimated by the International Labour Organisation that over 6000 people die every day around the world due to work-related activities, equating to over 2.3 million each year.
The Health and Safety Executive reports that in the UK an average of 140 workers and 100 members of the public die annually due to work-related activities and over 30 million working days are lost due to work-related ill health and injuries costing nearly £15 billion in lost revenue.
These shocking figures put into perspective the importance that Health and Safety Management plays within society. The publication of the new internationally adopted ISO 45001:2018 Standard has the aim of helping to provide a structured management system for businesses of any size and in any industry, aiming to reduce workplace risks and continually improve employee safety.
The standard highlights that the success of any Occupational Health and Safety Management System is dependent upon leadership, commitment and participation from all levels and functions within an organisation and therefore emphasises a greater involvement of the workforce than its predecessor BS OHSAS 18001:2007.
To find out more information about OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 45001:2018, and to purchase copies of the standards, please follow the links to:
- International Organisation for Standardisation: www.iso.org
- United Kingdom Accreditation Service: www.ukas.org