In a nutshell, the ISO 45001 is a guiding principle and quality management system, which defines the standards for occupational health and safety of employees of a business. It provides a framework to effectively manage and maintain a safe workplace for all, including contractors, visitors and public.
ISO 45001 is an international standard which outlines requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system and its use to enable organisations proactively improve their OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health. It is intended to be applicable for any businesses irrespective of nature, type and size. ISO 45001 enables an organisation also integrate other aspects of health and safety including worker wellbeing.
Speaking broadly, when companies accurately implement ISO 45001, they rake into an array of benefits, which ultimately enhances their efficiency levels, and guarantee a rich return on investment. With ISO 45001, companies are also able to tackle and mitigate healthcare costs and injury claims.
The biggest challenge seen to implement ISO 45001 is creating awareness among every employee and stakeholder, and getting their support for implementing the system. However, this can be overcome by organising team meetings at every level to meticulously explain the benefits of the system.
Establishing a criss-cross collaborative network:
Sometimes major companies often rely on external collaborations or multi-department to execute projects, which at times can become challenging, especially when the umbrella company has implemented ISO 45001. Therefore, the main company has to ensure that all collaborators and stakeholders are working on the same page of the certification.
The road to smoothly implement any form of ISO certification is a myth, owing to several factors. However, when companies choose to comply and get certified, they open up a new horizon, and certification specialists accompany the company wanting to be certified and ensure that every compliance is met, however minute it may be, thus creating a safe and healthy environment.
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