What is the ISO 45001 of 2018 Standard? – Health and Safety

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Food safety, as well as the health and safety of your employees are of the utmost importance in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

In South Africa, it is the employee’s right to work in a safe and healthy environment. Should a company not comply with health and safety standards, the staff member(s) affected can lay an official complaint with the employer or the health and safety representative of the company. The consequences of not complying with health and safety requirements are dire for both the organization and employees. Consequences include

  • Injury and/or loss of life
  • Tainted brand reputation
  • Business closure

ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements, help organisations reduce the burden by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions. ISO 45001 specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. It gives guidance for its use, to enable organizations to provide safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injury and ill health, as well as by proactively improving its OH&S performance.

ISO 45001:2018 is applicable to any organization regardless of size, activities and products. It is applicable to the OH&S risks under the organization’s control, considering factors such as the context in which the organization operates and the needs and expectations of its workers and other interested parties.

ISO 45001: 2018 aims to eliminate hazards and minimize OH&S risks (including system deficiencies), take advantage of OH&S opportunities, and address OH&S management system non-conformaties associated with its activities.

ISO 45001:2018 is applicable to any organization regardless of its size and activities. ISO 45001:2018 helps an organization to achieve the intended outcomes of its OH&S management system. Consistent with the organization’s OH&S policy, the intended outcomes of an OH&S management system include

  • Continual improvement of OH&S performance;
  • Safer work environment for employees
  • Increased involvement and performance of employees
  • compliance legal requirements and other requirements;

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