Now that the new international standard ISO 45001 'Occupational health and safety management systems' is available the next question for an organisation is whether to adopt it, and if so, how to go about implementation (to learn more about the standard go to the ISO website and/or download this information brochure).
Various international jurisdictions will or have already assessed how the standard should/could be best implemented within their borders. For example Standards Australia have concluded a consultation process and published the AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use (go here for more detail).
Should we or Shouldn't We?
It is not a requirement of the standard to be certified in the standard but of course this is the best way to demonstrate you meet its criteria and of course others who you may wish to do business with may require your organisation to be certified.
So what is the intended outcome of the standard?
The effective implementation of the standard by an organisation should allow them to achieve, '...a (more) safe and healthy workplace, through a proactive and preventative mindset...'.
The 3 key requirements contained in the standard are:
- Worker Participation
The standard also sets out the success factors for the implementation of the standard:
- Top management leadership, commitment, responsibilities and accountability
- Top management developing, leading and promoting an organisational culture to achieve intended outcome of OH&S Management System
- Commitment and participation at all levels
- Identifying hazards, controlling risks and taking advantage of opportunities
- Continual performance evaluation
- Compliance with legal requirements
Good News for GSI Members
The good news for all GSI members is that these success factors together with the 3 key requirements are all inherently satisfied and supported through the application of the GSI's Generation 2 platform. Whether it is the creation and application of an effective set of OH&S lead and lag performance indicators, communicated through custom dashboards targeted to specific stakeholders, or the regular measurement and analysis of the organisation's culture/climate, or senior management's ongoing assessment of individual and collective leadership capability and associated action planning...these are all overt, direct and credible evidence of meeting the ISO 45001 standard and its key principles of Leadership, Worker Participation and Consultation