6 Simple Steps to ISO 45001 Certification
- Top Management Commitment & project plan
ISO 45001 certification places a larger focus on management responsibility and commitment to the organization’s OH&S; this is critical to the standard’s efficiency and integration. ISO 45001 requires the implementation of health and safety into an organization’s overall approach, requiring top management to take a more active role inside the safety and health programs. The organization’s safety culture must be supported by top management collaboration with employees and illustrated through a top-down focus. Employees’ safety, and performance enhancements, are the top management roles. ISO 45001, in general, ensures the development of collaborative and engaging relationships within an organization. Project planning entails ensuring that resources for ensuring the consistent running of the organization are accessible to be applied in the project, which is among the top management obligations mandated by the guidelines.
- Build competence and awareness
The goal of this procedure would be to describe the necessity for training, plan training methods, assess training results, and prove the competence of employees, subcontractors, distributors, and guests whose actions affect occupational health and safety. This procedure applies to all processes and organizational sections within the OH&SMS.
- Develop process documentation
To demonstrate conformance to the standard requirements, every organization must produce the least documented information needed by ISO 45001 standard. Organizations develop procedures for risk assessment, hazard identification, compliance obligations, documentation control, corrective actions, and operational control. The scope of ISO 45001 documented information could vary between organizations’ due to:
- Size and nature of organization’s operations, procedures, services, and products.
- Interdependence of processes and their interactions.
- The capability of individuals.
- Implementation of the system to address gaps
Implementing a gap analysis is a smart option if organizations want to compare their OHSMS to where it is needed to the standard. ISO 45001 can do several things for the organization, such as: illustrating what the organization owns processes and documents. Ensuring the organization understands the gap existing between them and the standard requirements, also mandating the organization to continuously re-evaluate the standard, which assists from an understanding perspective once the moment arises to bridge a gap.
- Internal audit
As part of the ISO 45001 requirements, organizations’ must perform an audit regularly and analyze audit results and findings to recognize methods to improve safety and health continuously. Ways in how to conduct an internal audit process are:
- Select the proper internal auditor.
- Maintain a continuous internal audit program.
- During audits, use ISO 45001 checklist audits to produce a detailed audit report.
- Take disciplinary actions based on the organization’s findings.
- Third-party certification audit
Third-party auditors have permission to observe the organization’s incorporated system, which benefits from having interested parties outside the organization to identify areas for improvement. The general goal of third-party certification aims to find whether the ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System complies with implemented standards and whether the organization can indeed be certified.