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With 2020 and ’21 being two of the most challenging years for organisations in recent memory, many companies are committed to making 2022 a great year for their business, and firmly putting the past behind them. One of the ways businesses are working to achieve this is by demonstrating that their worksites remain are a safe space for staff, customers, and all onsite visitors. This kind of reassurance goes a long way towards reassuring potential customers, who may be mindful of the steps businesses are taking to guarantee their safety whilst onsite. Therefore, a great way to greet 2022 is with a commitment to safe, compliant working practices, by implementing a certified Occupational Health and Safety Management System. Doing so helps businesses show that they are facing the future with a commitment to compliant safety standards.
ISO 45001:2018 is a business work health and safety system
The International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 45001 OH&S Standards is the most recent internationally recognised Business Management System that is committed to helping organisations develop compliant work health and safety practices that meet a world-class standard.
With Australian cities finally moving out of lockdowns, businesses committing to getting things back to as close to ‘normal’ as possible, and with the working year almost over, now is the perfect time for businesses to work with qualified health and safety consultants to implement the ISO 45001 Standards prior to the new year commencing. This will put them in a safe, secure position for starting 2022 confidently, as they will be able to reassure both staff and customers of their onsite safety.
The Standards provide an internationally recognised framework for identifying and preventing workplace injuries, meeting OH&S legal obligations, and ensuring that a businesses OH&S practices are routinely audited to ensure that everything is operating as it should be.
The implementation process is straight-forward. Businesses that work at implementing these Standards must first conduct a gap analysis of their existing work health and safety practices to ascertain which of their practices meet the ISO 45001 requirements, and which don’t. Upon identifying the ones that don’t, businesses must then work at refining their processes to ensure they all meet the high standards outlined within ISO 45001.
One of the key aspects of ISO 45001 is that it ensures all staff within a business are actively involved in the development and upholding of its work health and safety practices, from the top down. Thus, both senior management and floor staff will be involved in the businesses occupational health and safety strategies in several ways; from actively working with the Standards to ensure their strategies are compliant, to developing clear reporting processes, to educating all staff on what they should do in the event of an incident.
ISO 45001 promotes both physical and mental wellbeing
The past two years have introduced a number of additional worksite risks that staff may be exposed to, beyond physical risks. Stress, worry, burnout, and other mental health risks can all impact staff in numerous ways, and it is crucial that businesses develop compliant processes for promoting the mental wellbeing of their employees.
ISO 45001 has several clauses that businesses can work with to develop nurturing practices that demonstrate to staff that they are concerned about both their physical and mental health. Further, ISO 45001 requires businesses to adopt a proactive approach when it comes to worksite safety, by actively identifying and eliminating potential OH&S risks, before they can impact workers.
Make 2022 all about 45001
Businesses should be doing everything they can to ensure 2022 is a productive, safe year for all their employees. Doing so will not only help keep their staff safe, it will also maximise productivity and profit.
Regardless of the size or scope of your operations, it stands to benefit something from ISO 45001 certification. One of its central benefits is its applicability, as every business, from a multi-billion-dollar national company to a family run store, stands to gain something from its implementation.
Our safety consultants can assist throughout this process
To find out more about how ISO 45001 can be tailored to your operations, please contact our safety consultants today by filling out this online contact us form, or by phone on 1300 802 163. All you need to do is give them a rundown of your business, including its size, scope, location, and other specifics, and they will be able to walk you through the implementation process, and explain the specifics of how implementation will benefit your business.
Following this, they can arrange for one of our specialist consultants to work with your company throughout the implementation process, thus ensuring your business is ready for a safe, productive 2022. Doesn’t that sound like a great New Year’s Resolution?
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