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There is no doubt that with the propagation of consumer awareness, health safety and product quality management have become prime concerns for every customer. As it is rightly said that prevention is better than cure, the aware consumer of today’s era is in no mood to take any wrong buying decision that may eventually pose even a slightest of a risk to his health. In order to mitigate health safety concerns the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has set a yardstick for health and safety management, known as OHSAS 18001, apart from the basic ISO certification for quality management, i.e. ISO 9001 2015.
There is no doubt that there are certain inadequacies i
n all benchmarks for quality. Talking about the aspect of health safety, the concerns are on the rise due to prevailing trade malpractices such as adulteration, to which even the prevailing benchmarks are proving to be unsatisfactory. To address these issues, ISO is all set to instigate another yardstick for occupational health & safety (OH&S)-the ISO 45001. This would likely replace the existing OHSAS 18001.
The need for ISO 45001:
ISO 45001 will be made effective from March 2018 for all organizations. It will promote the all-encompassing aspect of OH&S management, as to integrate the facets of health and safety, which will also include health and well being of the workforce and hygiene at the workplace.
The ISO 45001 will provide a straightjacket solution to diverse issues of health safety by:
-Growing and executing a firm OH&S policy and objectives.
-Conforming to methodical processes that are highly empirical and take into account all the possible hazards, and how to rule them out practically.
-Comprehending those hazards and risks associated with erroneous activities and seeking to do away with them, besides putting stringent controls to minimize such risks.
-Putting into effect operational controls to manage potential risks and the legal and other compliance for the same
-Imparting awareness regarding OH&S risks
-Evaluation of performance as per OH&S standards and seeking to improve it at every step, through desirable measures
-Enticing all workers for a dynamic role in all OH&S matters.
The procedure to obtain this ISO certification will be quite simple involving 5 stages, as explained below-
Stage-1: Preliminary assessment
In this stage, the organization will be meticulously assessed to ensure that it duly meets the requirements for ISO 45001.
Stage-2: Secondary assessment
After the Preliminary assessment, the effectiveness of the safety management system, and that the same will be carefully implemented by the management.
Stage-3: Evaluation of the corrective measures, if suggested
At this stage, the system will be checked for implementation of any remedial measures that might have been suggested during stages 1 and 2, thereafter Approval for certification will be granted.
Stage-4: Final review and Approval for certification
Finally, the files of the organization will be sent for review by an independent and unbiased panel of evaluates, who will then take the decision to grant the standardization.
Stage-5: Issuing of the certificate
After a thorough evaluation, the ISO 45001 will be issued to the organization.
Like other important types of ISO certification, ISO 45001 also has certain direct advantages for an organization, some of which are as follows-