As part of a trend to align with international best practice Standards Australia has released a new combined Australian, New Zealand and international standard on occupational health and safety.
The standard is entitled AS/NZS ISO 45,001: 2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for Use.
This document outlines the scope and high-level content expected for a compliant safety management system.
The standard warns that success of an OHS management system is dependent upon a number of factors including:
- Top management leadership and support
- Effective consultation and communication
- Necessary policies and procedures
- Process to identify work injury risks
- Integration of the OHS system into the organisation’s business processes
- Continual monitoring and improvement
- OHS objectives aligned to business needs and
- Resources necessary to implement
The Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle, made famous by Toyota world-wide, forms part of the process.
The main elements of the ISO 45001 OHS management system include:
1) Context e.g. organizational needs, structure and expectations
2) Leadership and worker participation
6) Performance evaluation