ISO 45001 Moves Forward to Improve Workplace Safety

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has approved a global measure aimed at improving workplace safety and reducing risk.

The burden of occupational injuries and diseases is significant, both for employers and the wider economy, resulting in losses from early retirements, staff absence, and rising insurance premiums.

According to the ISO website, 7 600 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases – that’s over 2.78 million globally every year.

ISO 45001, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, is a voluntary consensus model spearheaded by the global standards organization along with support from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).  It will take into account other International Standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards, and the ILO’s international labor standards and conventions.

The process of developing the standard included seeking input from more than 75 countries. The end goal is to encourage safer and healthier workplaces globally as companies adopt the groundbreaking standard to reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, according to ASSE.

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