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Compliant work health and safety practices are important for numerous reasons, as even a single workplace incident could impact a business in several ways, including financially (through both incurring fines and a loss in productivity), a decrease in staff morale, and potential customers taking their business to a competitor. Organisations can successfully address these issues through the implementation of a certified Occupational Health and Safety Management System, which provides a structured approach for ensuring companies successfully address the scope of their occupational health and safety requirements. The past two years have been incredibly challenging for companies, so with the year winding down it is an ideal time to mark a commitment to certified, compliant OH&S practices, and thus start 2022 in a safe, competitive position.
ISO 45001 is an all-in-one solution to OH&S problems
Companies wanting to successfully address the scope of their OH&S challenges should strongly consider implementing the ISO 45001:2018 OH&S Standards. It is an internationally recognised Business Management System that helps companies develop a workplace that is safe from both physical and mental risks. This is achieved by applying a top-down structure where all staff, from senior management to new employees, take an active role in ensuring the companies work health and safety responsibility are satisfactorily met. For example, senior management may work closely with the Standards to ensure they are implemented correctly across their operations, with supervisors training staff about their OH&S responsibilities when it comes to incident reporting and the relevant chain of command, helping staff understand their individual responsibilities, and so on.
It is compatible with other ISO Management Systems
One of the key benefits of ISO 45001 is that it is compatible with other Business Management Systems developed by the International Organization for Standardization, including ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems and ISO 27001 Information Security Systems. This is because it utilises the same High-Level Structure that other ISO Management Systems do, which means that ISO 45001 uses the same terms and definitions, while comprising of ten key clauses, as the other Standards do. This compatible structure makes implementation easier for businesses already certified to an existing ISO Standard.
What ISO 45001 certification brings to your business
All businesses should work at developing a safe and healthy workplace for all staff. However, without a clear, uniform approach to this, a business may find it challenging to do so, as different staff may bring conflicting ideas about how to create a safe working culture. Also, businesses need to continually ensure they are complying with their applicable regulatory OH&S obligations, which can change quite frequently.
In particular, over the past two years businesses have had to frequently change their operating style to account for new restrictions, the easing of restrictions, working from home obligations, and so on. This means that their work health and safety obligations can change daily, and companies need to develop an approach for ensuring they always stay on top of their requirements.
ISO 45001 certification not only helps businesses develop compliant OH&S practices, it also aids in the development of a routine auditing procedure to continually review their OH&S practices against their regulatory obligations, thus ensuring they always keep up with their requirements.
In a challenging marketplace, businesses need ISO 45001 because it helps them develop world-class OH&S practices across their operations, always keep everyone onsite safe, reduce downtime, maximise profits through the development of a more productive operations, and improve staff morale.
By certifying to ISO 45001, your business is proving that when it comes to compliant OH&S practices, it is willing to go above and beyond to keep their worksite safe, and continually improve the operations.
Our safety consultants can help with this process
With the fundamental changes that most businesses have experienced over the past two years, many of them are interested in how these Standards can be tailored to their operations. For example, some businesses may have a unique working style, or operate in a niche industry, while others may want to know if the Standards are equally applicable to a boutique operations as they are to a nation-wide company.
To have your questions answered, please contact our OH&S specialists today by filling out this simple online contact us form, or by calling them on 1300 802 163, for a quick, zero-obligation consultation. All you need to do is provide them with a brief overview of your company, including important information about its industry, size, location, and other relevant info, and they can then discuss with you how ISO 45001 could specifically benefit your business.
They will be able to talk you through the implementation process, and answer any of your questions about the specifics of it, such as the timeframe, overcoming implementation challenges, how to implement it with minimal operational disruption, and so on. After, they can arrange for one of our OH&S specialists to work closely with your business to implement ISO 45001, thus helping your company prepare for a great 2022.
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