The International Labour Organisation (ILO) calculated in 2017 that 2.78 million fatal accidents occur at work each year. Based on these calculations, almost 7,700 people die in work related diseases or injuries every day. In addition, there are 374 million non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses each year, many of which result begins periods of absence from work. With such stark statistics, it is important that every business does all that it can to prevent accidents and work-related illnesses occurring.
It is intended that ISO 45001 will help reduce the number of accidents, and work-related injuries, by providing organisations with a standard with which to measure their health and safety management systems. More than 70 countries were involved in the creation of this new standard, including input from the British Standards Institution (BSI).
People may already be familiar with ISO management systems such as 9001 (Quality) and 14001 (Environmental) and the new 45001 standard is designed to integrate with those management systems.
The key benefits to organisations of using the standard include: