Health and safety is the business of every employee and organisation. Under the New Zealand Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, employers must provide a safe work environment for all workers and contractors. So it is advantageous for businesses to have health and safety certification. This demonstrates your commitment to the health and safety of employees and respect for the market.
ISO 45001 is an international standard. It provides a framework designed for use by all organisations no matter their size. Its purpose is to give you guidelines for the design and application of best practices to prevent accidents, injuries and ill health.
Who needs health and safety certification?
It is not a legal requirement to have and health and safety certification but it contributes positively to brand recognition and business reputation. People want to work with and support businesses that take health and safety seriously.
Traditionally high risk industries such as building trades and road transport industries put health and safety certification in place to curb accidents in the workplace. For example, the building industry experienced 11 workplace deaths in 2019 and 5229 injuries that resulted in a week or more a way from work. This improved in 2020 with a fall in fatalities to four and 1710 (to May 2020) injuries. And of course road transport drivers push hard to reach destinations to deliver on time while facing the many challenges of being on the road.
But today, new industries are seeing the benefits of health and safety certification — manufacturing, for example. While safety in the manufacturing industry is not a new concept, they have working from ad hoc guidelines gathered over the years. ISO 45001 provides guidelines for a complete health and safety framework for an organisation.
Implementing ISO 45001 allows all industries to look at continual improvement, risk evaluation and opportunities. It supports businesses taking a more proactive and preventive approach instead of just reacting if an incident occurs. Using ISO 45001 helps you to identify opportunities to manage risks and improve safety even when there is no hazard or risk currently identified.
ISO 45001 is flexible and suitable for managing occupational health and safety for a wide range of organisations, including:
- Small to medium sized businesses.
- Non-government organisations and charities.
- Not-for-profit and public organisations.
- Large businesses.
Benefits of ISO 45001 certification
Implementing an ISO 45001 framework helps drive business excellence while protecting your people. ISO 45001 can deliver the following benefits:
- Organisational resilience through innovation, continual improvement and being proactive in preventing risks.
- Growth of consumer and industry trust in your brand because you demonstrate a commitment to health and safety.
- Strengthens your compliance to government regulations and legislation while preventing losses to the business.
What it comes down to is that every business who hires employees and contractors can benefit from implementing ISO 45001. Health and safety is everyone’s business, Contact us for more information about ISO 45001 certification. We can show you how to manage and continually improve health and safety so your business thrives.