There are many myths surrounding ISO 45001 implementation. While putting in place an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) you may come across them. Do not let these myths put you off. In this article we cover the top five myths so you understand the difference between fact and fiction.
Myth 1 – It creates unnecessary documentation
This is complete fiction. Yes, you do need to document information for ISO 45001 but this is in relation to your processes and how they affect OH&S. As a business you will probably already have unwritten processes. And older businesses may have documents that slow it down.
The latest version of ISO 45001 has fewer documentation requirements. So you only need to documentation where it is necessary and relevant for the system. For example, for risk mitigation and employee training. How you do this depends on the type of business and its size. And using cloud technology can reduce your documentation further.
Myth 2 – Implementing ISO 45001 has no value
All too often people believe that an OHSMS is just a costly paper exercise with no real value. This is not true if you make the system work for your organisation. The whole point of an OHSMS is to prevent workplace accidents and illness. It will help you continually improve your processes which will help your organisation operate more efficiently.
Myth 3 – ISO 45001 is only for organisations with hazardous operations
ISO 45001 is not only for organisations with hazardous operations. While certification helps these organisations deal with workplace risks, any organisation can benefit from implementing an OHSMS. By embedding the system into your organisation it will improve OH&S performance. Complying with ISO 45001 means all organisations will have cost savings through reducing accidents and risks in the workplace.
Myth 4 – No need for ISO 45001 if legally compliant
All businesses should be legally compliant regardless of whether they have ISO 45001 certification or not. Being legally compliant is an important part of an OHSMS, but it is more than that. As part of implementation, the standard requires that you not only identify the legal requirements for your business, but also to determine how to remain compliant and measure your compliance on an ongoing basis.
Myth 5 – Implementing ISO 45001 is too hard
It may be challenging to implement ISO 45001 if you do not know what you are doing. But it does not have to be hard. Engage an ISO specialist to work with your organisation to achieve certification. A consultant will work with your key people to develop unique solutions specific to the organisation and your way of doing business.
Do not let myths stop you
Do not let myths stop you from implementing ISO 45001. For success, tailor the OHSMS processes to meet staff needs and your organisation’s philosophy. OH&S is important in every workplace.