occupational health and safety

ISO 45001:2018

QSG provides ISO 45001 consulting services for companies looking to transition from OHSAS 18001 or start on the path to begin the certification process. ISO 45001:2018 has replaced OHSAS 18001 as the new international standard for occupational health and safety in preventing injury and ill-health.

ISO 45001 is a new and distinct standard, not a revision or update. The ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety standard is the first genuinely international OH&S standard.  It is one of the most highly anticipated standards in the world and is poised to significantly improve levels of workplace safety. Implementation of the standard will require dedication and support from organizational leadership. Whether you are a business owner, manager, or worker you likely share a common goal: you want everyone to return home safe and healthy at the end of the day.

According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, there were roughly 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported in the United States in 2016, which is 2.9 percent, or equivalent to approximately 3 out of every 100, full time workers. Statistics also indicate that worldwide there were approximately 313 million accidents and 2.3 million work related deaths during this same period. As a responsible society, we must seek out ways to reduce these numbers. In the United States, we have OSHA regulations regarding occupational health and safety.

The new ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety standard provides organizations with a single, clear, focused approach to improving their OH&S performance. The standard enables organizations to provide a safer and healthier workplace for employees and visitors. Organizations must strive to identify and mitigate risk factors that could negatively affect not only safety but includes all aspects of a person’s physical and mental health and well-being. ISO 45001 is a comprehensive standard that appears to cover all the bases for development of an effective Occupational Health and Safety Management System.

ISO 45001 takes the same risk-based approach as other standards meaning organizations should prepare for all potential health and safety issues. By taking a risk-based approach, ISO 45001 ensures management is aware of any potential problems and the procedures for prevention, so responsibility and accountability are clear. ISO 45001 shows due diligence and provides a safe work environment for all workers. The emphasis 45001 places on company-wide engagement is critical. The company-wide engagement in 45001 shows organizations are taking workers safety concerns to heart and are implementing procedures to ensure a healthy work environment.

ISO 45001:2018 Overview

  • For all types of organization (product, service, governmental, education, healthcare, etc.)
  • All size organizations (small, medium and large)
  • Internationally Recognized
  • Easily integrated into other ISO management systems, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001
  • Establish leadership commitment with clear responsibility and accountability
  • Hazard identification and assessment of risks and opportunities
  • Eliminating hazards and reducing OH&S risks
  • Establish requirements of workers and other interested parties
  • Incident Reporting, Investigations and Cause Analysis
  • Control Documents and Records
  • Establish Occupational Health and Safety Policy
  • Establishment of OH&S objectives to maintain and continually improve the OH&S system and performance
  • Internal and External Communications
  • Management Reviews
  • Personnel Training and Competency
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Establish monitoring, measurement, analysis and performance evaluation
  • Internal Audit Planning and Program
  • Preventive and Corrective Actions

Our experienced consultant’s will guide your organization develop a compliant ISO 45001 health & management system with the following benefits:

  • Ensure the overall health & safety of your employees
  • Receive accreditation international recognition health & safety
  • Meet customer requirements in gaining new business
  • Increased acceptance by regulators, the public, and interested parties
  • Improve business performance with maintaining health & safety policies & procedures
  • Reduce risk with identifying health & safety risks impacts

Implementing ISO 45001: 2018

Following are the key steps in the ISO 45001 implementation process:

  • Get the support of management: How will you get critical management support ‑ talk to individuals separately, or in a joint meeting?
  • Know your legal requirements: Do you have health & safety laws for your industry? Have you looked at the regional, state, national, and international level? Section 6.1.3 of ISO 45001 outlines the requirements for knowing and maintaining your compliance so that your implementation will succeed.
  • Define the scope of your OH&S management system: Is your OH&S management system applicable to your entire company, or just one location of a multi-location company? This will be critical for writing your OH&S Policy, and objectives and plans that guide your OH&S
  • Define the processes and procedures: What processes and procedures need to be defined to control the OH&S hazards within your company? How will you identify all your hazards, and the risks associated with them, so that you can ensure the proper controls will be in place? What risk assessment do you need to do? What operational controls and emergency preparedness procedures do you need? What will you write down, and what can be controlled through proper training and awareness?
  • Implement the OH&S processes and procedures: What do you need to do to put into place all the processes and procedures from Step 4? What sort of hierarchy of controls and procedures do you need? Do you need to work closely with some individuals in your organization to achieve success? How will you roll out the additional responsibilities that some employees will now have?
  • Train your employees and make them aware: How will you make your employees aware of what ISO 45001 is, and why you are implementing it? Will you have training sessions in department meetings, or will managers train the employees? Who needs to be trained on any changes you have made to the processes?
  • Choose your certification body: It is important to choose a certification body suitable for your company to get the most benefit, so how will you do this?
  • Use the OH&S management system and keep records: As you proceed, what do the OH&S records tell you about your processes? Are they working well, or do you need to modify anything through your corrective action process? Do your employees understand what they need to do, as written in the records, or is there further training needed in some areas? Do you see areas for improvement in your processes, and if so, how can you profit from this?
  • Do your internal audits: Your internal audits are the tools you use to check each of your processes, so what are they telling you? Are your records adequate to show the process is working? Are there any problems that you need to fix with your corrective action process? Do some areas need more frequent audits?
  • Do a management review: Is your OH&S management system functioning as expected by the senior management plan? Is it properly implemented and effective? Are improvements being made, and are adequate resources being supplied to the effort?
  • Corrective actions: Are there problems in your OH&S management system you will need to fix? Did you find these in your process measurements, internal audits, or management review? Have you included OH&S incident investigation in your corrective action system? Use your corrective action process to find the root cause of the problem and address this cause with a corrective action.
  • Certification audits: When you are ready, your certification body will send in people to compare your OH&S management system plans, processes, and procedures against the necessary requirements of ISO 45001.

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ISO 45001:2018 Overview
ISO 45001:2018 Gap Assessment
ISO 45001:2018 Internal Auditing
ISO 45001:2018 Implementation Support
ISO 45001:2018 Lead Auditor, PECB Certified

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