On 12 March 2018, ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems was issued by ISO (International organization for standardization).
The adoption of an OH&S management system is intended to enable an organization to provide safe and healthy workplaces, prevent work-related injury and ill health, and continually improve its OH&S performance.
The purpose of an OH&S management system is to provide a framework for managing OH&S risks and opportunities. The aim and intended outcomes of the OH&S management system are to prevent work-related injury and ill health to workers and to provide safe and healthy workplaces; consequently, it is critically important for the organization to eliminate hazards minimize OH&S risks by taking effective preventive and protective measures.
Success factors of ISO 45001
The implementation of an OH&S management system is a strategic and operational decision for an organization. The success of the OH&S management system depends on leadership, commitment and participation from all level and functions of the organization.
The implementation and maintenance of an OH&S management system, its effectiveness and its ability to achieve its intended outcomes are dependent on a number of key factors, which can include:
top management leadership, commitment, responsibilities and accountability
top management developing, leading and promoting a culture in the organization that supports the intended outcomes of the OH&S management system
consultation and participation of workers, and, where they exist, worker’s representatives
allocation of the necessary resources to maintain it
OH&S policies, which are compatible with the overall strategic objectives and direction of the organization
effective process(es) for identifying hazards, controlling OH&S risks and taking advantage of OH&S opportunities
continual performance evaluation and monitoring of the OH&S management system to improve OH&S performance
integration of the OH&S management system into the organization’s business processes
OH&S objectives that align with the OH&S policy and take into account the organization’s hazards, OH&S risks and OH&S opportunities
compliance with its legal requirements and other requirements