Commitment at the top level of management will be needed to ensure a new worldwide safety and health management standard is a success.
That is the view of Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) Richard Jones, head of policy and public affairs at the organisation, on ISO 45001.
He was speaking at RenewableUK Health and Safety 2016 in Birmingham, the renewables industry’s only dedicated health and safety event.
The standard, which is set to replace OHSAS 18001 in October, reached the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage in January.
What is ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 is the first ever internationally agreed standard for health and safety management, designed to save lives and build business sustainability.
It has a greater emphasis on leadership, worker involvement, context and documented information, compared to the outgoing OHSAS 18001.
Plus, it has more focus on continual improvement, hierarchy of control, risk and opportunities, compliance status, supply chain, and key performance indicators.
Reaching the DIS stage means the standard is out for public consultation. It is also the final opportunity for occupational safety and health to comment on it.
Organisations and industries around the world, including those in renewables, will have to adhere to it.
Accidents at work
Mr Jones said good health and safety management is key to preventing injury, illness and death.
He told the 200 delegates at the event that a good health and safety management system also enhances reputation, resilience and results.
“Top management commitment” will be essential to the success of ISO 45001, concluded Mr Jones.
The standard will tell people in senior positions how to apply health and safety procedures to everyday situations in their place of work, including how to conduct risk assessments, understanding the purpose of controlling and reducing hazards and identifying potential hazards in any workplace.
Potential hazards can have serious consequences. For instance, a simple slip or fall can be enough to cause a fatal injury.
Date Published: February 19, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown