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Know your ISO Standard Part 3
What is an ISO 45001:2018, Occupational Health & Safety Management System?

What is ISO 45001:2018. Occupational Health & Safety Management System?

ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health & safety management requirements standard, provides the guidelines for the implementation of a Occupational Health & Safety (OH7S) system to be implemented which enables the  organization to provide a Safe & Healthy Work environment to its workforce and employees.

In implementing and ISO 45001:2018 system, the organization aims to prevent work-related injuries and to provide an environment which prevents serious illnesses to its workforce. The systems should support the organizations target and objectives to reduce or even prevent work-related injuries or ill health. If implemented effectively, it should improve the organizational overall OH&S performance targets or KPI's.

Why implement ISO 45001:2018? 

Any organization can implement the ISO 45001:2018 standard. If your organization has an objective to reduce injuries or eliminate risks, the ISO 45001:2018 standard is for you. The outcomes of a properly implemented and maintained OH&S system (in line with ISO 45001:2018), is that the organization will continuously improve the Health & Safety of their employees by creating a safe working environment where risk, deficiencies and non-conformities are reduced or eliminated.

Other benefits include: 

* Achieving your corporate OH&S KPI's or objectives
* Reducing injuries
* The conformance that your companies system helps to comply to the applicable legal requirements of South Africa.

Integration with ISO 9001? 

The Concept of an IMS system or "Integrated Management System" is one where the organization has integrated more than one ISO standard into one Management System. It is not necessary to maintain two separate systems, and the integration of ISO 45001 into your current ISO 9001 Quality Management System is very easy to do. Integration of systems also reduces the amount of man-day your certification body will need to audit your system, and could have a benefit in a reduced cost of your certification audits.

Where to start?

A good start is the visit the ISO.ORG website and downloads the free hand-out for ISO 45001:2018. This can be found on their website www.iso.org, or simply contact the SAQI team for assistance on info@saqi.co.za.