One of the key factors that contribute to the efficiency of how a business runs on a day to day basis, which most people often take for granted, is the safety of the workplace. A safe workplace is conducive to the progress and growth of a company. After all, when employees are kept free from occupational risks, they are able to perform better and meet their goals in a timelier manner. Great importance is placed on occupational health and safety, so much so that there is an international standard for it. The ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Standard is a standard that helps businesses of all kinds to improve employee safety, diminish or eliminate workplace risks, and establish a safer working environment for all employees. It was proposed in October 2013 and was officially published in March 2018, and was designed to replace Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series, better known as OHSAS 18001.
In Australia, the top 5 industries with the highest average fatality rate among employees are the (1) agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry, (2) the transport, postal, and warehousing industry, (3) the electricity, gas, water and waste services industry, (4) the construction industry, and (5) the mining industry, as per Safe Work Australia. It is the duty of organizations to ensure a safe working environment for their employees. Moving forward, businesses look to decrease fatality rates caused by workplace accidents and illnesses. To create a better and safer workplace environment, businesses may opt to add an occupational health and safety (OHS) management system into their integrated management system (IMS). An integrated management system is a collection of an organization’s systems and processes in a singular framework for improved management, analysis, and improvement. A business may adopt an OHS management system into their IMS. The integration of such systems eliminates redundancies and allows for a streamlined management of such systems. A business’ OHS management system may be certified to ISO 45001. In fact, there are several benefits to getting certified to the global standard.
How an ISO 45001 Certification Impacts Your Business
ISO 45001 enables businesses to decrease risk and better equip themselves to anticipate such risks.
One of the best benefits of ensuring that your occupational health and safety management system meets the ISO 45001 standard is that existing risks are significantly diminished. An ISO internal audit, which occurs when a business is applying for a certification, allows auditors and decision makers to identify flaws, risks, and bottlenecks in processes and provide solutions for them. Complying to ISO 45001 helps eliminate those risks and increases a business’ capability to anticipate and prevent those risks in the future, instead of having to deal with the effects of an unsafe workplace.
Improves productivity and increases return on investment.
Getting certified to and complying to the ISO 45001 global standard enables businesses to improve efficiency. By diminishing risks as mentioned earlier, business functions can operate in a smoother, more efficient manner. Picture this: deadlines are met, delays are eliminated, and productivity increases across the board. Keeping employees safe also helps decrease occupational insurance claims and lets you save on insurance costs, thereby increasing your ROI.
Boosts employee trust and morale.
Providing employees with a safe environment that is conducive for effectivity, efficiency, and growth helps boost trust between employee and employer. If your business is committed to continuously improving occupational health and safety, employees will see this as a benefit and morale will increase. Not only will your image as an employer improve internally, but your reputation as a company will also improve externally.
Encourages consistent collaboration and commitment to excellence between teams.
Achieving ISO 45001 certified status means that the company is fully committed to meeting such standard from here on out. Demonstrating this commitment will require teams within the company to work together to ensure that requirements for the standard are consistently met. It also allows for the efficient management of legislative compliance. Companies can also opt to enlist the help of ISO auditors for regular ISO internal audits and the management of legislative updates, all of which will require the collaboration of management teams.
Enhances your reputation as a company, business, and employer.
There are several indications of achieving an ISO 45001 certification, one of which is that your reputation significantly improves. An ISO 45001 certification is not only a badge of honor, it’s a symbol of an enterprise’s commitment to excellence. Implementing these safety standards helps put you in the exclusive list of businesses that continuously meet global standards.
When it comes to obtaining global certifications, it’s best to have an ISO internal audit conducted by professional auditors and experts in the field. We provide a range of services to assist you get through the ISO internal audit process and the certification process. Our auditors will help you maintain an integrated management system so you can focus on what you do best: run your business.