Improving OHS: Paperless Safety Inspection with new ISO 45001

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed a
new standard, ISO 45001 “Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems –
Requirements” to help prevent accidents at the workplace.

The new ISO standard provides a framework to improve conditions and
employee safety in the workplace by reducing possible risks. The standard
follows other industry standards such as OHSAS 18001 and its expected full
publication in mid-2018. Regardless of company size and stature, the new ISO
45001 standard aims to fulfil objectives for any type of organisation by:

  • improving
    its ability to respond to regulatory compliance issues
  • reducing
    the overall costs of incidents
  • reducing
    downtime and the costs of disruption to operations
  • reducing
    the cost of insurance premiums
  • reducing
    absenteeism and employee turnover rates

Integration with management systems is one of the many ways by which the
new ISO 45001 standard aims to address industry problems and improve Occupational
Health & Safety (OHS). For instance, technology can be used to give companies,
safety inspectors and the workforce a modern and accurate risk management
solution. Using mobile devices to conduct safety inspections is particularly
beneficial as all data and records can be streamlined and synchronised with
in-depth dynamic analysis.

Safety inspectors in the field and backend teams in the office are
finding paperless inspection software to be a powerful tool, given its multiple
advantages. For example, paperless safety inspection checklists can be used to provide
quick updates over-the-air using internet connectivity, and paperless safety
applications using mobile devices can include reference material and relevant
extracts from documents (such as the ISO 45001), allowing the inspection team
to keep themselves updated about new standards and regulations.

Implementing digital inspection software and mobile devices alongside
ISO 45001 is a sure-fire way to modernise safety inspections.

The ISO aims for the new ISO 45001 standard to improve OHS by:

  • developing
    and implementing an OHS policy and objectives
  • establishing
    systematic processes that consider its ‘context’ and take into account its
    risks and opportunities, and legal requirements
  • determining
    the hazards and OHS risks associated with its activities – seeking to eliminate
    them, or putting in controls to minimise their potential impact
  • establishing
    operational controls to manage its OHS risks as well as legal and other
  • increasing
    awareness of risks
  • evaluating
    its OHS performance and seeking to improve it through appropriate actions
  • ensuring
    workers take an active role in OHS matters

Learn more
about ISO 45001.

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