Occupational Health & Safety
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) aims to ensure worker safety and health in the United States. OSHA enforces standards and encourages continual improvement in workplace safety and health. Workplace inspections are one of OSHA’s principal activities. In a recent year:
- 40,961 federal inspections were performed
- 51,133 state inspections were performed
- Over 4,600 workers were killed
- 96,742 total federal violations were issued
- Inspections saved employers more than $350,000 over 5 years
Since 1970, workplace fatalities have been reduced by more than 65% and occupational injury and illness rates have declined by 67%. At the same time, U.S. employment has almost doubled.
ISO 45001:2018 is Here!
In March 2018, the International Organization for Standardization published ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational Health and Safety Management System Requirements. This international standard will give organizations a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world. It follows other management system approaches such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 and takes into account other International Standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO’s international labour standards and conventions.
ISO 45001:2018 Highlights
- New Annex SL Structure like other ISO standards
- Internal and external Context of the Organization
- Understanding the expectations and needs of both internal and external Interested Parties
- Emphasis on leadership to ensure support and on-going commitment from top management down
- Representation and participation from non-managerial workers
- Assessment of risks and opportunities including hazard identification as it relates to the context of the organization
- A more robust planning process for achieving objectives
- Improved access, control, and adequacy of documented information
- Ensure the supply chain, including outsourcing, procurement, and contractors affecting the OH&S management system are controlled using the Hierarchy of Controls
- On-going, thorough OH&S performance evaluation
What are the Benefits of ISO 45001:2018?
ISO brought together experts from nearly 70 countries to create an internationally recognized standard that easily integrates with other ISO standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, IATF 16949, and AS9100, as they all use the Annex SL structure. The benefits of implementing an effective health and safety management system can include:
- Improving management commitment and employee involvement
- Providing ways to measure the effectiveness of a health and safety program
- Opportunity to introduce other health and safety aspects such as worker wellness/well-being
- Improving worker protection by eliminating serious hazards
- Reducing worker risk of death, injury and illness on the job
- Reducing workers’ compensation rates and other costs, lowering absenteeism, and increasing productivity and morale
- Reducing damage to company property and costs associated with idle periods
- Helping keep turnover down and attract new employees
- Stimulating employees to continually improve systems
- Improving relationship with OSHA
Migrating to ISO 45001:2018 from OHSAS 18001:2007?
Please keep the following in mind as you are preparing for your migration audit. Key steps are:
- Read and understand ISO 45001:2018 available at www.ISO.org. Training is available for you and your team. Visit www.iq.training for details.
- Understand the differences between OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 45001:2018.
- Determine the gap between your existing management system and the minimum requirements of ISO 45001:2018.
- Update your system to close the gaps and fully implement changes.
- Complete an internal audit against ALL requirements of ISO 45001:2018.
- Conduct a management review to determine the suitability, adequacy, effectiveness, and alignment of your updated management system with the organization’s strategic direction.
- Schedule your migration audit with SRI.
The migration period for ISO 45001:2018 began on March 12, 2018 and will end on March 11, 2021, when OHSAS 18001:2007 will be withdrawn.
Reasons to Register Your OHSMS
- Verify execution of OH&S strategies
- Facilitate compliance with legal requirements
- Increase Union and employee cooperation
- Reduce liability and risk
- Reduce insurance and lost time costs
- Demonstrate due diligence
- Establish leadership position in the industry
- Improve OH&S performance
- Improve or maintain public image
What Can SRI Do For You?
SRI is one of the leading North American Quality Management Systems (QMS) and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Registrars for materials, manufacturing, distribution and services industries, and SRI offers accredited registration to ISO 45001:2018. SRI Auditors are seasoned professionals with extensive industrial occupational safety and health experience.
SRI also provides public training through iQ Training to the standards you need. Visit www.iq.training for details.