After five years in the making, ISO 45001 was approved for publication this month. As the first global workplace safety standard of its kind, it’s being called a game-changer. It’s expected to publish in March and will replace OHSAS 18001, with a three-year transition period for registrants.
Here at Clarion, the development of ISO 45001, which is the result of a collaboration by more than 75 countries, is an effort that we’re very excited about and proud of. We’re an active member of the U.S. technical advisory group (TAG) for ISO 45001, joining a number of occupational safety and health experts in the effort to align the standard with a combination of other safety and health management systems – not just OHSAS 18001 but ANSI/ASSE Z10, ISO 14001, ISO 9001, guidelines from the International Labor Organization, as well as national standards – in order for organizations to be able to efficiently integrate ISO 45001 requirements into their existing management systems.
What does the standard mean for workplace safety? Here’s what Vic Toy, the chair of the U.S. TAG for ISO 45001, had to say in a recent statement:
“ISO 45001 is one of the most significant developments in workplace safety over the past 50 years, presenting an opportunity to move the needle on reducing occupational safety and health risks. The goal was to create a widely accepted standard that can produce a highly effective safety and health management system for an increasingly interconnected world, regardless of an organization’s size, location, supply chains or nature of work. It becomes a minimum standard of practice, and a good one at that.”
As companies look to implement processes to continually improve workplace safety in line with ISO 45001 management system objectives, the ability to accurately communicate residual risks to workers, subcontractors and guests becomes critically important.
Clarion specializes in providing cutting-edge facility safety communication through a guided, streamlined application of standards experience. We stand ready as a resource to listen to your needs, and help identify visual safety communication challenges and gaps.
Contact us to learn how, together, we can create a facility safety system that’s up-to-date with today’s risk communication technology and ANSI/ISO best practices – for a more productive, safer work environment.