13th March 2018

Setting a new standard in global health and safety

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A new  standard to boost global health and safety and help reduce the number of deaths in the workplace is being launched today (Monday).

ISO 45001 – which has taken four-and-a-half years to create – will encourage “much-needed solutions”, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

A total of 2.78 million people die each year across the globe, due to work-related injury or ill health. Organisations that adopt the standard will be required to have proportionate safety and health management systems, preventing injury and ill health among their workforce and throughout their supply chains.

Richard Jones, head of policy and public affairs at IOSH, the chartered body for health and safety professionals, said: “This really is a landmark day for occupational safety and health. ISO 45001 can enhance the drive towards a safe and healthy world of work.

“Having an agreed international standard can help ensure consistency and encourage much-needed solutions to the myriad of safety and health risks that exist in workplaces around the globe.

“Any organisation seeking to improve its OSH management can adopt the principles of ISO 45001, whether or not they seek certification. And of course, certification is only the start of an ongoing continual improvement process and not an end. It’s about ensuring real culture change, effective action and OSH competence across organisations.”

IOSH has played a major role in the building of the standard and is providing its members with assistance on finding out about and implementing ISO 45001, including setting up an online hub.

Richard added: “This new standard gives OSH professionals a fantastic opening to transform safety and health and ensure it receives the strategic attention and resources it deserves.

“IOSH members worldwide have a vital part to play in helping organisations raise their performance, saving lives, supporting livelihoods and securing brighter futures.”

Acre are currently recruiting on behalf of IOSH for a Director of Strategic Development, find out more about that role here.