Workplace safety standard takes leap forward

A new international standard for occupational health and safety got a big vote of confidence this week, taking it another step closer to publication.

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By Clare Naden
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Work-related accidents and illness are an enormous burden for organizations, and society as a whole, costing over 2.3 million deaths a year, not to mention the more than 300 million non-fatal accidents*.

But with robust and effective processes in place, many incidents can be prevented. ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety, will help organizations of all sizes and industries improve the health and safety of their empolyees, through reducing risks and creating better working conditions.

It provides the requirements and guidance to implement a system and structure to protect employees and reduce risks. It is designed to be effectively integrated into existing management systems and will complement related programmes such as those for health and well being.

The standard is currently being developed by ISO/PC 283, led by ISO member BSI and with the input of experts from over 70 countries. The latest draft took a positive step forward this week, achieving more than 75 percent approval by members involved in its development. The next step is to review the comments and prepare the draft for public voting later this year.

Learn more about ISO 45001.

*Source: International Labour Organisation


Clare Naden
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