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What the new ISO 45001 standard means for the diamond drilling and construction industries

Ahead of the publication of the ISO 45001 standard later this year, this month we’ll be outlining exactly what the introduction of this new health and safety ruling will mean for not only the diamond drilling / concrete cutting and construction industries, but across a whole host of industries going forward.

 

Development

Currently, the new ISO 45001 standard is being finalised by a team of expert occupational health and safety workers. It will build on the health and safety management systems already in place after the previous introductions of standards like ISOs 14001 and 9001, but will mainly seek to incorporate and improve upon another International Standard in the field: OSHAS 18001.

Since 1999, OHSAS 18001 has been the most recognised occupational health and safety management system standard against which management systems have been assessed and certified by. ISO 45001 seeks to improve this standard.
 
The Differences

The structure of ISO 45001 is fundamentally different to OHSAS 18001 in that it is based instead upon the ISO Guide 83 – or Annex SL. The structure the guide provides has been instrumental in the formation and defining of other ISO standards such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. The aim in using this structure is to harmonise and integrate several management systems into one coherent standard that is more efficient than when the systems were divided.

The main differences, therefore, include:

  • A stronger focus on the context of an organisation, and in particular how you should look beyond your industry in order to comply more effectively with what society at large expects from you in terms of health and safety.
  • A shift of responsibility away from delegated health and safety officials, who in the past would have been solely responsible, to ensure that health and safety concerns are incorporated into the very fabric of the management systems of a company, from top to bottom. This will make health and safety a core aspect of all work life.
  • A focus on controlling risks rather than hazards.
  • The requirement for companies to also take into account how suppliers and contractors are managing their health and safety risks.
  • A change of how certain terms – such as risk, worker and workplace – are defined, meaning you will have to reacquaint yourself with the rulings in order to be sure you are complying with health and safety standards.
  • A shift from terms like ‘documents’ and ‘records’ to be replaced by ‘documented information’. Additionally, there will be more focus on properly documenting health and safety procedures to ensure full compliance.

Concrete Drilling Services always work to the highest standards when it comes to health and safety, and with the introduction of ISO 45001 we hope to see standards in the industry raise even further.

Concrete Drilling Services Limited are the professional and quality contractors you can rely on for high quality, fully accredited procedures in drilling, cutting, and demolishing concrete. Our nationwide service based out of Manchester, Bolton, and Liverpool is second-to-none, our equipment state of the art. For more information regarding contracting us for your site, contact our friendly team today.

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