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Why is ISO 45001:2018 Important?

Are you wondering what ISO 45001 is and why certification to this Standard is important for your organization? According to the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, there are 860 , 000 occupational accidents every day, with consequences in terms of injuries. The direct or indirect cost of occupational illness and accidents at work is estimated at 2.8 trillion USD worldwide.

Key aspects of your operations that could endanger your staff can be easily missed, and it’s even more difficult to anticipate risks that have yet to happen. Organizations of all sizes need to manage their risks to survive and thrive. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is a key business aspect, which has to be managed proactively. Apart from the devastating impact on people, poor OHS management can have many negative effects, such as the loss of key people, interruptions to the business, higher insurance premiums, and possibly regulatory actions.

More About ISO 45001:2018

ISO 45001 provides a risk-based approach to prevent employee injuries and reduce sickness by proactively identifying work-place hazards to eliminate or minimize them. This Standard provides a framework for building a comprehensive management system that protects the health and safety of those working in the organization and is rapidly becoming the leading worldwide OHS system .

ISO 45001 certification is also important when it comes to meeting regulatory mandates and assembling an occupational health and safety system designed specifically to meet the needs of your operations. You can then plan for potential dangers as you move into the future. Other ISO 45001 benefits include:

  • Eligible to work on larger, more lucrative projects reserved for companies with an effective OHS system.
  • Address hazards and risks in your operations to minimize the potential of accidents.
  • Overcome possible regulatory hurdles.
  • Reduce downtime, overall costs of incidents at the workplace, and the number of insurance claims.

How to Get Certified to ISO 45001?

Implementing ISO 45001 might look challenging, but with a systematic approach your organization can improve the work environment and make it safer for everyone. Here’s the good news, if your organization is already certified to one of the ISO Management System Standards, there are many common requirements which do not need to be repeated.

If you would like more information on how ETI Group can help you get certified to ISO 45001, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with you.