What is ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 is an international frame work that specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety management system, with tools for its use, to activate an organization to proactively improve its OH&S performance in preventing accidents and ill-health.ISO 45001 is intended to be applicable to any organization.
ISO 45001 was framed with a clear objective to protect human life from work related accidents and infections , the International Organization for Standardization developed this ISO 45001 standard, first written and published by ISO this standard focuses purely to protect human life.
As per ISO and other labor associated organizations have realized that number of workers who die every day from accidents and work related infections due to no proper system at workplace. In Australia since the economy is scaling up every day, it has become a must for the sectors like construction, manufacturing, information technology and other associated industries to have a clean and effective workplace atmosphere to protect human life.
ISO 45001 was developed to support the organizations and mitigate the harm elements that can put down the human and business.
What is the difference between ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001?
ISO 45001 is a standard framed and published by an ISO, was published on March 12th 2018. A number of differences are evident between ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001
The first and major difference between ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001 is the structure itself .ISO 45001 is based on ISO Guide (Annexure SL).with a common key words and logic, which can be integrated with other management systems.
Structure of ISO 45001
- Normative References
- Terms and Definitions
- Context of the Organization
- Performance Evaluation
ISO 45001 certification – Implementation steps
1. Kickoff Meeting
Kickoff is the first and key meeting with the process owners and Top Management. This meeting introduces the process owners of the team and drives to discuss on the ISO project plan, roles and responsibilities of the ISO consultants in Australia and process owners.
2. Awareness program
Awareness program is an interactive program designed to provide all the team members with the basic elements on what is ISO, standard and implementation items.
3. Gap Analysis
Gap analysis is a tool used to analyze the current performance and performance expected. The gap items are then escalated to the process owners and top management. Consultant will put forward a report on what steps should be taken to meet the performance expected.
4. Documentation Training
Documentation training is an interactive program designed to provide the process owners/document controller on how to frame a standard operating procedure (SOP) and records (Evidence).
The same will be explained using the standard template designed by the ISO consultant specifically for the organization and opted standard.
5. Documentation Review
Document review is a formal assessment performed to check how well the team has framed the standard operating procedure and records. If any gap is noticed during the review, consultant shall feed in the change items to process owners.
6. Internal Audit Training
Internal audit is a simple and effective tool available in the ISO to check on how strong the system/process is constructed .The consultant will deliver an interactive program on how to perform and who all will be performing the internal audit.
7. Internal Audit
A simple and effective tool available in ISO, performed to check on how strong the system / process is constructed. This activity is performed by the process owners with the help of ISO consultant. If any to be changed/improved items are picked during the audit, the items are pushed to Management for the corrective action.
8. Management Review Meeting
Internal Audit gap and to be improved items are discussed with top management and process owners to take effective action on the same.
9. Shade Audit
Consultant will perform a pre-assessment to check on if the system is in compliance with the Standard, Customer, and legal and organization requirements. This is performed before the External Audit.
10. External Audit
Final assessment on the system is performed by a certified Auditor.ISO consultant will assist the team during the audit.
Advantages of attracting ISO 45001
1. Attract Tender /Contract :
The primary reason to attract ISO 45001 in any location and by businesses is to maximize the business opportunity by attracting tenders/contracts.
2. Improvement of customer satisfaction
One of the key elements in this international standard is to improve customer satisfaction. By improving the satisfaction level customer retention is at higher side, such customers help directly or indirectly in generating more business.
3. Increase your credibility and image
By getting your business ISO certified, credibility and image of your brand runs up sharp in the international and domestic market. When a company is looking for supplier or service provider, it is often a requirement to have a clean system in order to consider.
4. Improvement of employee satisfaction
The staff is highly satisfied and pumped up once there are clean roles, responsibility and accountability, a well defined show of how the roles of the staff create a impact on quality and overall success. This international standard will help organization frame up a structure that helps staffs morale increase.
5. Increased business
Research has proven that ISO certified companies have shown improvements in the area of finance. The ISO certified image attracts more business in both domestic and international market.
6. Process Consistency
A well documented system helps in minimizing process related errors. Even a minor change in the process has to be documented and implemented in best possible pattern.
How to get ISO 45001 certification in Australia?
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