We are pleased to announce that we have been accredited with ISO 45001.
The ISO 45001 for occupational health and safety (OHS), tells us how the standard will reduce risks and create better working conditions in our manufacturing and distribution sites around the world.
Every 15 seconds a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease, and 153 people experience a work-related injury. These represent an enormous burden for organizations and society as a whole, costing over 2.3 million deaths a year, not to mention the more than 300 million non-fatal accidents.
But with robust and effective processes in place, many incidents can be prevented. This is where the ISO 45001 on occupational health and safety comes in. Designed to help organizations of all sizes and industries put in place a safe working environment for their employees, ISO 45001 is expected to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses around the world.
Our ISO 45001 based OH&S management system will enable us to improve our OH&S performance by:
• developing and implementing an OH&S policy and OH&S objectives
• establishing systematic processes which consider its “context” and which take into account its risks and opportunities, and its legal and other requirements
• determining the hazards and OH&S risks associated with its activities; seeking to eliminate them, or putting in controls to minimize their potential effects
• establishing operational controls to manage its OH&S risks and its legal and other requirements
• increasing awareness of its OH&S risks
• evaluating its OH&S performance and seeking to improve it, through taking appropriate actions
• ensuring workers take an active role in OH&S matters
In combination these measures will ensure that our reputation as a safe place to work will be promoted, and can have more direct benefits, such as:
• 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
• recognition for having achieved an international benchmark (which may in turn influence customers who are concerned about their social responsibilities)
A massive thanks goes out to Gary Webster, Global HSE Manager, who has been instrumental in achieving this standard for the Group.