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Some practitioners have asked whether ISO 45001 is a game-changer. I think it may be because international standards matter. They help organisations to deal with multiple regulatory systems, approaches and cultures across economic boundaries and national borders. Some 2.78 million people die globally due to their work each year and management standards can encourage much-needed solutions.
Some people anticipate that ISO 45001 will outstrip the OHSAS 18001 standard, which has an estimated 150,000 certifications, and possibly ISO 14001 (environmental management) at around 350,000.
OSH professionals will have a pivotal role in advising and supporting the journey of improvement, raising awareness and forging alliances across organisations. Due to the new standard's focus on leadership and context, leaders adopting its principles will have to live and breathe it, keeping it front of mind and integral to their strategies, operations and stakeholder relations. They will have to create cultures in which OSH competence is developed across the board and where workers can participate in decision-making.
The standard will require proportionate OSH management systems that help to prevent injury and ill health, not only within organisations but throughout their supply chains. This is important in our globalised world where it has been estimated that only around 10% of the working populations of low-income countries are effectively covered by safety and health regulation.
Some members have asked why the standard has taken more than four years to develop
IOSH's involvement in ISO 45001's development has allowed us to influence debate and build relationships, gaining international support for our special liaison status on the development committee (ISO PC 283). We engaged members in influencing the drafts, stepped in at short notice to successfully host an ISO meeting with the help of our Caribbean branch, and garnered the ISO PC 283 senior team to support our ISO masterclass roadshow in four UK cities.
Some members have asked why the standard has taken more than four years to develop. I think its aim of global engagement was a key contributing factor, to which the thousands of comments received were testimony. And, as the standard gained momentum, more countries and liaison bodies came on board, which was welcome and generated further debate and fresh input.
Some people also have reservations about the standard, questioning whether it's just about getting a certificate. I'd say definitely not; certification must reflect a commitment to significant culture change, effective OSH risk management and ongoing improvement. Organisations of any size can use the standard without going for certification. Whatever their chosen route, it's positive action that is important.
Just as the improvement voyage for organisations adopting ISO 45001 is a continual one, so too is the evolution of the OSH profession as we keep pace with changing practice and technological developments such as artificial intelligence. This new standard gives us a fantastic opening to transform safety and health and ensure it receives the resources it deserves.
IOSH members worldwide have a vital part to play in helping organisations raise their performance, saving lives, supporting livelihoods and securing brighter futures.
The minerals and mineral products industry directly employs 78,000 people in the UK and turns over £20bn a year but supports 3.4 million jobs in other sectors. It is the prime enabler of the construction sector as a whole.Recently a group of chief executives and leaders of companies, trade bodies, trade unions and other key organisations met to answer a straightforward question: what can we do to make the industry safer and healthier?
After millennia of dissection and classification of the components of the subject of mankind’s greatest interest – the Egyptians were recording results of anatomical investigations in 3000 BCE – you wouldn’t think there we had much in the way of innards left to find.(The new one is called the mesentery. It joins your stomach to your small intestine and brings the human organ tally to 79.)Its discovery is a salutary reminder that we are far off drawing a line under the sum of all knowledge – perhaps even the sum of all our insides.
The report points out that safety does not depend simply on getting the design, materials and construction methods right, but on its management during the whole lifecycle of the building. The finger of blame has previously been pointed at construction and refurbishment failings. Criticism has focused on cladding systems on high-rise flats and whether the provision of sprinklers should be mandatory. However, we must remember that residents have a duty of care to their neighbours too.
Join Isabel Velasco, Analyst at Verdantix and the Cority team for a live webinar as they review these regulations in detail and offer practical advice to help you prepare for these major changes. Wednesday, February 7 3:00 - 4:00 PM Central Europe Time 2:00 - 3:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time 9:00 - 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time You will learn:
Rating: As the preface says, “we have been very successful in cluttering and clogging workplaces with safety stuff that does little but clutter and clog” so it’s now time to question some of our most fundamental tenets and models.
Its advocates argue it is the only target an organisation should set. The argument against setting such a stringent objective is that it implies anything short of perfection is unacceptable and may lead to a sense of demoralisation when even a minor injury is sustained. This would also increase the likelihood of under-reporting and reduce opportunities to learn from incidents.