Renewables conference hears about ISO 45001 development
Friday 29th January 2016
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Delegates at RenewableUK Health and Safety 2016 in Birmingham heard how ISO 45001 will impact on their industry when it is published later this year.
Richard Jones, head of policy and public affairs at IOSH, informed them about the background of the standard, which is set to replace OHSAS 18001 in October, as well as its content and some of the implications of its implementation.
His presentation was part of a conference session called 'Technical Standards, Systems and Certification'.
Richard said: "ISO 45001 is the first-ever internationally agreed standard for health and safety management and can help both save lives and build business sustainability. It needs 'top management' commitment and for them to ensure health and safety leadership and competence right across their organisations."
The event was held on Thursday 28 January at Edgbaston cricket stadium. It was organised by RenewableUK, the UK's leading renewable energy trade association. It is the 12th year it has been held and is the industry's only dedicated health and safety event, attracting 200 delegates and 20 exhibitors.
With IOSH being a Category A Liaison body on the project committee for ISO 45001, Richard has represented the institution at a number of meetings.
Earlier this month, ISO 45001 reached the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage, meaning it is out for public consultation.
The standard will apply to organisations across the world. It has greater emphasis on leadership, worker involvement, context and documented information than OHSAS 18001. It also has more focus on continual improvement; hierarchy of control; risk and opportunities; compliance status; supply chain; and KPIs.
"Good health and safety management not only helps prevent injury, illness and death -- it also enhances reputation, resilience and results," added Richard.
It will be the first internationally agreed health and safety management systems standard to apply to organisations across the world.Standards like ISO 45001 are developed to help organisations manage their processes and risks in a systematic and consistent way.Reaching the DIS stage means the general public are being consulted about the standard for the first time. It is also the final opportunity for OSH professionals to comment on it.
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Dr Bill Gunnyeon CBE was confirmed in the role at a meeting of the chartered body’s governing council. Appointed Chief Medical Adviser, Director for Health and Wellbeing and Chief Scientist at the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions in 2005, Dr Gunnyeon led the health and work agenda within government for nearly a decade.
Delegates at IOSH 2016 will be able to find out how to inspire and influence internal and external stakeholders to integrate safety and health into the fabric of their organisation. They will be able to get first-hand advice from leading professionals who have influenced long-term change and learn about the latest safety and health developments and innovations.