It’s been a long time in the making, but ISO 45001 has now landed.
This is an exciting time for ISO consultants, as the new standard brings opportunities for business. If you provide ISO management system consulting, ISO 45001 should soon become an important part of your roster, and now is the time to prepare.
Here’s what you need to know so that you can make the most of the new Occupational Health and Safety standard:
It encourages best-in-class risk management
The purpose of the standard is to prevent work related injury and ill health and provide a safer environment to work in. Forward-thinking aspects of ISO 45001 include the identification of health and safety threats and opportunities, the consultation and participation of workers, and the context of the organisation being considered when implementing a management system.
In the current business climate, being a health and safety leader is becoming increasingly respected, so the progressive aspects of the standard are a great selling point to raise with potential clients.
Like all ISO standards, ISO 45001 is focused on continual improvement for businesses all over the world. It’s designed to suit all businesses, from SMEs to large organisations. Similarly, health and safety transgressions are a risk for all businesses, with fines and prosecutions among the possible consequences.
It replaces OHSAS 18001
As ISO consultants will already be aware, ISO 45001 will replace the existing British standard for occupational health and safety. This means that everyone currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will need to migrate to ISO 45001 in the next three years.
If you’re looking for consulting leads, why not contact organisations who are certified to OHSAS 18001 and offer to assist with the migration process?
It will integrate with other ISO standards
Along with ISO 9001 Quality Management and ISO 14001 Environmental Management, ISO 14001 Occupational Health and Safety completes the QSHE management system triad. If any of your existing clients already have 9001 and 14001 certifications, try getting in touch and offering to help them complete the set.
It’s easy to get started
ISO 45001 is based on Annex SL, the same management system framework as other popular ISO standards such as 9001 and 14001. If you are already qualified as a Lead Auditor in either of these standards, a three-day conversion course will qualify you to carry out Occupational Health and Safety Management System audits. Look for a CQI IRCA approved course, as this will be internationally recognised and the content is guaranteed to be accurate and of a high quality.
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