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Keeping workers safe with our ISO45001 toolkit

Protecting workers in industry has never been more important and, as more organizations make this a top priority, CertiKit is here to help with the new ISO45001 toolkit.

A century or so ago, it was common for staff to die at work, whether falling from buildings because they had no safety harness or getting trapped in heavy machinery because there were no guards. Such events, while tragic, were seen as occupational hazards.

These days, in many nations, the death toll is thankfully far lower. Far from being “health and safety gone mad”, it is in all organizations’ interests to keep their workers safe.

And for those serious about improving worker safety, reducing workplace risks and creating safer working conditions, there is now the ISO45001 international standard, published in March 2018.

The goal of the standard is to cut occupational injuries and diseases; and to promote and protect workers’ physical and mental health.

ISO45001

Integration is simple

ISO45001 follows the High-Level Structure of other ISO standards, such as ISO9001 and ISO14001, which makes integration of these standards simple.

And as CertiKit launched toolkits for these standards in, respectively, 2018 and 2019, it made perfect sense to create a new one to address ISO45001 in 2020.

CertiKit managing director Ken Holmes said: “I’m delighted to add the ISO45001 occupational health and safety standard to our stable of toolkits, complementing our existing ISO9001 and ISO14001 products.

“Health and safety is an increasingly important issue in the world economy, and we are pleased to be able to contribute in some small way towards improving it.

“We’ve used all the learning we’ve gained on our other toolkits over the past few years to make our ISO45001 product professional and fully functional right from the start.”

Accidents will happen

Despite improvements in occupational health and safety over the years, accidents still happen and more needs to be done globally to reduce the figures.

For instance, in the UK alone, 111 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2019 and March 2020. This was down 38 on the previous year.

The victims include 40 construction workers, 26 staff working in agricultural, forestry or fishing, and five people involved in waste and recycling.

Sarah Albon is chief executive of the Health and Safety Executive, a UK government agency responsible for workplace health, safety and welfare in Great Britain.

She said: “No-one should be hurt or killed by the work they do. In these extraordinary times, we have seen many workers risking their lives to help others during the coronavirus outbreak.

“Although these statistics are not a reflection on Covid-19 related loss of life, it is a pertinent time to reflect.

“Every workplace fatality is a tragedy and, while we are encouraged by this improvement, these statistics are a reminder that we cannot become complacent.”

According to the International Labour Organization, more than 7,600 people die from work-related accidents or diseases across the globe each day.

It was this figure that prompted an ISO committee of occupational health and safety experts to develop the ISO45001 standard.

The standard is based on OHSAS 18001, along with conventions and guidelines of the International Labour Organization, and various national standards.

The ISO experts say this has the potential to save almost three million lives annually – and this is why the team at CertiKit have been working hard over the past few months to create our latest toolkit.

So what’s inside the toolkit?

There are more than 100 documents inside the CertiKit ISO45001 Toolkit. As ever, the toolkit contains all the processes, procedures and policies you will need to help you work towards certification.

There are plenty of spreadsheets to help you carry out tasks such as a gap assessment and a risk assessment, and to keep registers and schedules.

There are posters for the staff noticeboard which address occupational health and safety generally, as well as the dangers of working with asbestos.

And, new for this toolkit, we have included 13 PDF documents for staff briefings. These cover topics such as working at heights, good housekeeping and first aid. Again, these are designed to be printed out and pinned on the staff noticeboard once the briefing is complete.

All the documents have been designed on PCs with Microsoft Office, although the toolkit has been designed to work on Apple Macs and in Google’s G Suite, too.

Click here to buy your copy of the ISO45001 Toolkit – and here to see a list of the contents, with PDF samples.

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