ISO 45001 is a standard which specifies the requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system.
The standard was created by occupational health and safety experts to create a systematic approach for reducing workplace risks and increasing safety and has evolved out of previous international standards, including OHSAS 18001 and the International Labour Organization’s guidelines.
ISO 45001 follows a similar management system approach (Annex SL) to other standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, making it easier to integrate into existing systems. Other benefits of ISO 45001 can include:
- Reducing workplace accidents
- Reducing insurance premiums
- Helping to meet legal and regulatory compliance
- Demonstration of adherence to OH&S and the wellbeing of employees
With over 35 years’ experience working in management systems and business improvement consultancy, Bywater has helped thousands of organisations to implement management system objectives. We have consultants across the country capable of finding cost effective solutions to help businesses with the application, maintenance and improvement of their OH&S management system.
Areas we can help with:
ISO 45001 management briefings will detail what the implementation and certification process is likely to entail. These briefings can include an introduction to the requirements and structure of ISO 45001, covering considerations for implementing ISO 45001, and assessment of the key benefits for having an ISO 45001 OH&S.
A gap analysis is used to understand what changes to the existing OH&S system are necessary to achieve ISO 45001 certification. The findings following a gap analysis can be used to form an ISO 45001 implementation plan.
Bywater can support organisations in different ways during the gap analysis process, from training staff member through our ISO 45001 implementation training course to using consultants – even a blend of the two approaches, using consultants to guide staff through the process.
The amount of documentation required for an ISO 45001 OH&S will vary depending on the organisation and its size, legal requirements, intricacy of processes and worker competency. Documentation requirements include:
- The scope of the OH&S management system
- OH&S policy and objectives
- Process for addressing risk and opportunity within the OH&S management system
- Plans for potential emergency situations
Knowing where to start with the documentation of an OH&S management system can be confusing and time consuming. Bywater can help organisations in this phase by guiding team members and assessing their progress, or by using experienced consultants to develop the OH&S documentation, incorporating legal requirements where necessary.
In order to maintain the effectiveness of the OH&S management system, regular internal audits are required. Internal audits will assess the alignment of processes against the organisation’s OH&S operating procedures, highlighting possible areas of concern and improvement.
Bywater can help with the assessment of an ISO 45001 OH&S MS by auditing the system using our team of consultants, or by training staff, equipping them with the required skills and knowledge. We have a wide range of ISO 45001 training courses, including an IOSH Approved Introduction, an ISO 45001 Internal Auditor Course and a CQI IRCA Certified Lead Auditor Course.
A pre-assessment audit takes place prior to a Certification Body audit. This is to highlight any areas of possible non-conformity, and help with a smooth certification process.
It is essential to perform a pre-assessment audit objectively and impartially, which is why it can help to use external auditors. Bywater can support your organisation at this stage and, where necessary, use a different consultant than has been used previously.
Continual improvement is a core part of ISO 45001 and other ISO Standards. This ongoing assessment requires commitment, and can be a great opportunity for organisations to make their management system and processes more efficient.
In addition to providing skilled ISO 45001 consultants, Bywater can also train staff to improve the system themselves. Our improvement courses include:
Lean and Six Sigma Training – These are process improvement methods that include a variety of tools and techniques to reduce waste and process variation.
Root Cause Analysis Training – This course is aimed at reducing undesired outcomes from reoccurring.
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