Today (1 September) marks the formal launch of a new British and International Standard that prioritises employee well-being and safety.
Developed with input from the British Standards Institution’s (BSI) ergonomics standards committee and co-authored by the committee’s Chair, Tom Stewart – a past President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF), BS ISO 27500, incorporates a wealth of ergonomics and human factors knowledge and techniques to help businesses achieve a ‘human-centred organisation’ and act in socially responsible ways.
The Standard sets out the core principles that are the key business benefits of a human-centred organisation, including enhanced health and safety, and improved workforce effectiveness and efficiency as a result of unifying the organisation in working towards a common goal.
Tom Stewart, a past president of the CIEHF and deputy chair of the Council for Work and Health, said:
“Human well-being is now widely recognised as an important economic measure to complement traditional measures of national output. Increasingly, organisations are not just expected to make a profit but also to take their responsibility to society very seriously. The two go hand-in-hand and companies that take social responsibility and strive to achieve this new Standard will motivate employees, maximising their potential. As a result businesses will benefit from reduced staff turnover and increased customer focus.”
BS ISO 27500 is directly aimed at executive board members and senior management, reiterating that human-centred change needs to be recognised from the top, and led by example.