ISO 45001 is the new occupational health and safety standard and organisations currently certified to the OHSAS 18001 standard should now be going through the migration process ready for their next audit.
OHSAS 18001 certification remains valid until 12th March 2021; after this date, certification will be withdrawn.
The new standard is well suited to the building and construction industry whether you are a large construction company or smaller SME. However, the standard will be used throughout all industry sectors to improve occupational health and safety for employees.
The new standard is ideal for organisations with building sites that have multiple subcontractors as well as direct employees on site. The framework of ISO 45001 will help you to manage health and safety, identify risks and reduce hazards. Management of subcontractors can be coordinated in line with an integrated occupational health and safety plan for all parties on site.
ISO 45001 is part of the set of ISO standards such as ISO 9001, the widely recognised quality management system, or ISO 14001 environmental management system. Any organisation already certified to these most popular standards will find the integration of ISO 45001 far simpler because of the Annex SL framework. This provides a standardised framework across many of the ISO standards to save time and resources during the certification process.
Worker safety is paramount
Ill health, stress and injury statistics in construction are some of the highest across all industry sectors.
According to HSE figures for 2016/2017 construction sector in Great Britain:
- 80,000 workers are suffering from work related ill health each year (LFS).
- 30 fatal injuries to workers in 2016/2017 (RIDDOR).
- 64,000 non-fatal injuries to workers each year (LFS).