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ISO 45001 becomes first globally recognised health and safety standard

April 10, 2018
UK manufacturers can now become certified to the world’s first globally recognised health & safety standard, reports the EEF.

“The new standard brings a number of new concepts such as leadership, continuous improvement and stakeholder management and for health & safety it presents an opportunity for businesses to be more strategic, including the requirement to look at the wider health and safety implications of the supply chain,” the EEF says.

Modern technology, including Infor CloudSuites, helps manufacturers monitor plant and workforce issues. Regulation compliance and risk management are important capabilities of Infor solutions, making it easy to capture, document, and report on shop floor incidents. With easy-to-use, highly flexible analytics and reporting tools, manufacturers can create dashboards and set escalation alerts, tracking a wide variety of data points, including safety related issues.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), over 7,600 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases, that’s over 2.78 million deaths a year, in addition to 374 million non-fatal injuries and illnesses.

The burden of occupational injuries and diseases is significant, both for employers and the wider economy, resulting in losses from early retirements, staff absence and rising insurance premiums.

Manufacturers can now become certified to the world’s first globally recognised health & safety standard, ISO 45001. It provides a framework to increase safety, reduce workplace risks and enhance health and well-being at work, enabling an organization to proactively improve its OH&S performance

The standard was developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts, and follows other generic management system approaches such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. It will take into account other International Standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labour Organization's ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO's international labour standards and conventions.

Watch the IOSH roundtable, featuring experts from BSI, the British Safety Council, our partner, the EEF and NQA Certification, discussing what auditors will be looking for in organisations certifying their systems to the new standard.
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