What is ISO 45001 and why does your business need it?

Any business, of any size, in any sector faces the challenge of protecting their people from health and safety risks while they are at work. This is always a difficult task, but it’s never been more important that you face up to it. Senior managers are now held personally responsible for health and safety in their organisations. In addition, sentencing guidelines introduced in 2016 have resulted in harsher punishment for failures.ISO 45001, the international standard for occupational health and safety, provides a framework that allows businesses to better protect the health, safety and wellbeing of their people. Although this should be a key priority for each and every business, the benefits of implementing the standard do not stop there…

Implementing ISO 45001 also enables your organisation to:

  • Win new business
    It provides assurance to potential and existing clients, interested parties and all stakeholders that you are capable of working safely, helping you to achieve ‘preferred supplier’ status and win more tenders.
  • Enhance your reputation
    Certification shows you have adopted a safety culture and is a powerful tool for marketing and recruitment.
  • Create a more productive workforce
    ISO 45001 improves employee engagement in the management of health and safety leading to improved morale, attendance and efficiency.
  • Benefit from cost savings
    Efficient management systems, fewer accidents and improved health of your workforce all have a positive financial impact – you may even benefit from lower insurance premiums.
  • Measure health and safety performance
    The standard helps you establish a robust framework and reporting system to enable continual improvement.

Alcumus ISOQAR, one of the UK’s largest UKAS accredited certification bodies, has recently created a free, plain English guide to the requirements of ISO 45001 allowing you to easily understand what your business needs to do to implement the standard and better protect your people. Download the guide here.

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