Workplace safety is more than just an industry checklist: it’s an exercise in human decency that protects people as well as a workforce. Because of this, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed a more concrete approach to protecting workers from injury and illness at their place of employment.
According to the ISO, over 2.7 million people die each year from workplace incidents. That reflects an international average and is a disturbing number from any vantage point. Combating fatality has become an absolute priority across every industry, and this is what’s given birth to the ISO 45001 Global Health and Safety Management Standard. Continue reading to learn more about the use of the standard—and safety software—to protect workers all over the world.
ISO 45001 offers a holistic approach to risk management.
The ISO 45001 looks at safety as a holistic system that requires the cooperative input of workers and upper-level staff to identify and collaboratively manage risks. The purpose of this ISO management system is to find a more effective safety plan across the board. This is done by developing an understanding of the way that different aspects of the worksite can all come together to create a more cohesive safety approach. Think of it like the different systems of a working physical body. Each system needs to be apprised of what the other is doing to continue functioning at an optimal level.
In the early days of worksite risk management, each department was wholly and primarily responsible for their own well-being. Unfortunately, what happens in one area of a worksite can directly affect the safety in another part. This has helped to shape the systemic approach necessary to improve the best practices for minimizing workplace incidents for everyone.
When we talk about a holistic approach to workplace safety, we’re referring to an interrelated system designed to identify and address risks early on. The ISO 45001 is the first set of standardized minimum requirements that can be universally applied across multiple industries. Our safety management software helps to put it into effect and makes it easy to collate feedback from all interested parties.
ISO 45001 means better business through safety.
Safety is critical in any situation. The hallmark of a good business is the ability to produce a product or service in a way that’s cost-effective and socially responsible. This means creating a work environment that puts employees first no matter what the situation.
Whether a person is working at a factory or a classroom, safety is absolutely paramount to the successful completion of their job. Reducing accidents and remaining compliant with all government and OSHA regulations prevents unnecessary fines, improves productivity, and ultimately shows in the profit margins. We listed some ways that the application of ISO45001 concepts is in line with the best business practices:
Increased retention rates
When people are working in a safe environment, it translates to fewer workplace accidents. Not only does this keep them out of the hospital and available to work, but it also boosts morale and shows that you care about your employees. Having this type of environment increases workplace retention, reduces your turnover rate, and has a serious impact on the longevity of your business. Not having to constantly train new employees saves both time and money; well-trained employees know how to work within a safety management system.
Lower insurance costs
Workplace insurance is a very real and very necessary cost. Implementing a safety management system that treats risk management as a standard part of the business will reduce workplace incidents and the cost of insurance. The more accidents you have on site, the more likely it is that your premiums will continue to increase. Taking good care of your workers, machinery, and assets mean paying less for everything from health insurance to the lease on a building.
Foster a healthier workplace culture
We’ve all heard the old adage, “give a man a fish, and he eats for a day; but teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime.” The same concept can be applied to the development of a workplace culture centered around safety that involves input from employees at every level.
Workplace safety is something that needs to be tackled from every angle. This means that everyone from the janitor to the CEO needs to have an active part in the implementation of the safety management system. Creating a culture that focuses on the best safety practices across the board (and continual improvement) is an excellent way to instill good habits from the get-go.
Create a workplace where employees want to work
Hiring across multiple industries has become increasingly competitive. This means that each workplace needs to focus on boosting employee morale and becoming a place where people actually want to work. The best talent will have the most options when it comes to the company they choose to join. Attracting that talent means creating a safe work environment, and one that’s centered on providing employees with the best advantages.
A safety management system that’s implemented properly reflects that level of care and is extremely appealing to top industry prospects. Attracting and keeping the best employees can ensure the future of any company.
A safety management system is essential to success.
Not only are employers legally bound by OSHA and other organizations to provide a safe working environment, but they’re also morally bound to do so. Becoming a socially responsible business is about more than recycling or dealing with ethical business partners. It’s also about taking good care of your employees by using the best tools available.
SafetyTek’s digital management tools are an essential part of a functioning safety management system, and make the big task of implementing such a holistic and intrinsic system simple and manageable. Not only can they take care of the nitty gritty details and paperwork, but they also provide a holistic view of the way that safety practices should be applied. The software allows your organization to work towards an advantageous safety-centered culture. Read more on our site or get in touch with the SafetyTek team to discuss how you might benefit.