There is a strong moral, legal and economic case to do more to reduce the unacceptable level of injury and ill health in the workplace.
The moral reasons are centred on the need to protect people from injury and disease while they are at work. The legal reasons are embodied in the criminal and civil law, and the financial reasons come as a consequence of infringements of health and safety law with the consequent fines, compensation payments, associated financial costs and even, in extreme cases, imprisonment.
Employer duties under common law are often mirrored in statute law. This, in effect, makes them both common law and statutory duties. These duties apply even if the employee is working at a third party premises or if he/she has been hired by the employer to work for another employer.
All recognised occupational health and safety management systems have some basic and common elements. These are:
• planning phase;
• performance phase;
• performance assessment phase; and
• performance improvement phase.
Like all management functions, establishing control and maintaining it day in day out is crucial to effective health and safety management.
Business Management Systems Limited help companies achieve compliance by providing a wide range of bespoke health and safety consultancy services, focused on business objectives and activities.
Have you ever considered the link between health and safety and your margins?
Did you know that employers who consider health and safety and wellness as their top priority for their employees, avoid the financial burdens that are caused by work-related injuries and illnesses?
ISO 45001 is the first international standard for health and safety at work. This standard offers organisations that wish to improve their occupational health and safety, a single, simple framework for performance improvement.
The Labour Force Survey (LFS) in 2018, stated that around 0.7 million working days are lost every year to injury and illness which are work-related. 144 workers sustained fatal injuries in the UK in 2017-8. The Health and Safety at Work Act gives employers a legal obligation to protect the welfare, health and safety of their employees and those who could be affected by their acts or omissions. Best practice suggests that managers should take the lead in promoting health and safety by demonstrating safe working rather than simply talking about it.
What is ISO 45001?
The ISO 45001 is a new standard, rather than a revision or update and is being gradually brought in during the next 3 years. It offers a shift in the way that health and safety management have previously been viewed. Organisations are urged to consider both risk and opportunities in health and safety and include the views of the workforce. The standard is designed to be dynamic in nature, adapting as the company grows. ISO 45001 is expected to become the normal standard in business practice and will become necessary for organisations who wish to grow.
The ISO 45001 standard requires the top management of an organisation to take ownership and commit to ensuring that workers have appropriate skills to provide a healthy and safe workplace for employees and visitors. The process aims that workers will be protected against adverse effects on their mental, physical and cognitive health. Working with our experts at Business Management Systems will enable your company to take their health and safety procedures to a new level.
What are the benefits of working with Business Management Systems to implement ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 is quickly becoming the standard in health and safety policies. It has been designed to share a high-level structure with other recently revised ISO management system standards, including identical core text and terms and definitions. These include ISO 9001:2015 for quality management and ISO 14001:2015 for environmental management. It establishes an effective management system for health and safety processes which enables risks to be addressed and controlled. It is designed to be continually improved so that it can meet the business’s ever-changing world. It complies with global current legislation which is essential for overseas trading and it can bring great benefits for both employer and employee.
The benefits of implementing ISO 45001, include:
• The ability to comply with current health and safety legislation
• The system is continually being improved to meet changing contexts within organisations
• Minimising or eliminating hazards at work which could post a significant risk to employees or visitors
• The opportunity to improve employee morale by enhancing an organisation’s reputation as a safe place to work
• The opportunity to help reduce insurance costs through lower accident rates • The ability to take into account previous international standards such as OHSAS 18001, differing national standards and the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines
• Businesses that have previously adopted OHSAS 18001 will find enough similarities to help them migrate to the new standard
• The opportunity to integrate this system with other ISO management systems
• Although there is no legal requirement to certificate, achieving certification can help demonstrate to external companies your high standards of OH&S
How does ISO 45001 work?
ISO 45001 is a dynamic, process-based system which considers both risks and opportunities and includes the views of interested parties. Large and small businesses will benefit from adopting the standard. Working with Business Management Systems will ensure that every part of your business complies with the standard and enable you to consider all the actions that need to be taken in order to implement it.
It is recommended that if starting from scratch, a consultancy company is the best way to get the standard installed and working. Business Management Systems can work with you to establish the procedures and policies that you need, monitor positive progress and report results over a period of time. We use a ‘Plan Do Check Act’ cycle to help establish the objectives for the business. We work out the processes needed and initiate them. We can help you understand the actions that need to be taken based on the results of the monitoring, in order to bring your health and safety systems into regulatory order.
We look forward to helping you improve your health and safety processes, reducing your costs and reaping the benefits as a result. Get in touch with us if you need help to implement ISO 45001.