Interserve and EMCOR UK are among the first companies worldwide to achieve conformity to ISO 45001, the new international standard for occupational health and safety following a rigourous assessment by business standards company, BSI.
Led by the UK, with input from over 70 countries across five continents, the first ISO for Occupational Health and Safety, has been created to address the global need to improve work related health and safety of workers, and is applicable for all workers irrespective of their occupation and makes no distinction between whether they do paid or unpaid work.
According to the BSI over two million workers die each year from work-related incidents and an even higher number from occupational health issues.
Anne Hayes, Head of the Governance and Resilience sector at BSI, said: “ISO 45001 is about protecting workers at all levels of an organisation. From the Saturday part-timer on a zero-hours contract to the chief executive of an international conglomerate, this global standard was designed for the good of the organisation and everyone who works for it.
“Occupational health and safety management doesn’t have to mean more paperwork and more red tape – on the contrary, ISO 45001 was created to make it easier for organisations to create and maintain a safe and healthy working environment for all. OH&S impacts every organisation, irrespective of how big it is, the sector or where in the world it is located. As such, ISO 45001 is relevant to an organisation with 10 workers or a hundred thousand.”
ISO 45001 has a strong emphasis on leadership and requires senior management to actively demonstrate commitment to OH&S. There is also a focus on the participation and consultation of workers in making sure that the OH&S management system covers what needs to be covered and is communicated effectively to everyone involved.
Commenting on achieving conformity to the new standard, John Stokes, Head of Business Process Management at Interserve said: “As a business that employs over 80,000 worldwide, we place safety at the forefront of what we do. We are proud to be one the first companies to achieve compliance to the ISO 45001 standard. We will continue to eliminate risks in the workplace and strive to build a culture where quality, safety, health and the environment underpins the values of all stakeholders in achieving an incident and injury free environment.”
Keith Chanter, CEO, EMCOR UK, commented: “Achievement of conformity to ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety with BSI represents continuation of a key strategic objective for EMCOR UK. Creating and maintaining safe and healthy working environments underpins EMCOR UK’s approach to working collaboratively with customers in fulfilling their strategic and operational requirements and demonstrating the way in which we tailor integrated facilities management services to these needs. EMCOR UK is delighted to be one of the first companies in the world to achieve conformity to the new health and safety standard, continuing to strengthen our position as a leader in collaborative business relationships.”
ISO 45001:2016 replaces the British Standard OHSAS 18001:2007. Those organisations currently in possession of the OHSAS 18001 certification will have three years to transition to the new standard.
Other companies to have achieved conformity to the standard with BSI include: CBRE, Colas Rail Ltd, Eurovia UK, Morgan Sindall, OKI Europe Ltd, OPG, Overbury and Ringway Jacobs.