The New ISO 45001:2018 Standard: Risk based thinking – Prevent accidents – Provide safe and healthy workplace at construction sites.

Under the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (2016 to 2020), CIDB aims to cutting worksite fatalities to 5.5 per 100,000 workers in 2020 from 10.94 per 100,000 workers in 2015. CIDB promotes to contractors the use of occupational safety and health management system in their construction projects. 

Importance of Occupational Safety and Health Management in Construction

Failure to protect construction personnel and workers from major injury and fatal accident, many people are hurt or killed at construction sites each year. Now, with the arrival of the world’s first International Standard on occupational safety and health, many such accidents can be prevented. 

The ISO 45001 occupational safety and health management system prescribes best practice requirements to improve worker safety and health as well as enhance organization’s OSH performance. The ISO 45001 has the potential to be a real game changer in preventing workplace injury and ill health for those who are working at construction sites.

The ISO 45001 Standard

The ISO 45001 standard was published on 12 March 2018. The standard has been developed by experts from 69 countries in liaison with representatives from key organizations such as the Inter-national Labour Organization (ILO), International Trades Union Confederation (ITUC) and Inter¬national Organisation of Employers (IOE).

ISO 45001 is the first global occupational safety and health management system standard. It combines the OHSAS 18001 and other standards already used around the world with the common ISO framework of popular standards such as ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management), making it simpler for users to integrate their management systems into the company’s overall business management and business strategy to improve efficiencies and effectiveness.

ISO 45001 will also ensure that companies recognize and embrace the importance of worker involvement and worker consultation in improving working conditions through better engagement of the workforce.

The standard has gone a step further, even less prescriptive and more focusing on safety and health performance. This is achieved by combining the process approach with risk-based thinking, employing the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle at all levels in the organization and takes into account of regulatory requirements.

The Benefits of Using ISO 45001 Standard

The ISO 45001 can help promote your company’s reputation as a safe place to work. This is achieved through:

  • improvement in regulatory compliance
  • reduction in the cost of incidents
  • reduction in downtime and cost of disruption
  • reduction of insurance premiums
  • reduction in sick absence and worker turnover
  • improved reputation for achieving ISO 45001 certification

ISO 45001 Certification Benefits

Certification to ISO 45001 standard will help small and large organizations to:

  • increase organizational resilience through proactive risk prevention and continual improvement of safety and health performance
  • strengthen legal and regulatory compliance
  • demonstrate the company’s social responsibility credentials by showing the commitment to safe and healthy work
  • create a better working environment for people and minimize work-related injury and ill-health

Transition for Certified Companies

Companies certified to OHSAS 18001:2007 standard are required to complete their transition to ISO 45001:2018 standard by March 2021. Organizations are given three years transition period to obtain certification to new ISO 45001:2018 standard. The OHSAS 18001:2007 standard will be withdrawn and replaced with ISO 45001:2018 standard.    

Sysnovate Solutions offers guided toolkit called ISO 45001:2018 Transition Program for companies certified to OHSAS 18001:2007 standard migrate to ISO 45001:2018 standard. The program includes OSH system documentation preparation, trainings, implementation supports, pre-assessments and preparation for certification.

How Sysnovate can help your Organization?

New companies should consider ISO 45001:2018 standard as a means to establish an OSH management system to help manage OSH practices at construction sites and creating a safe and healthy workplace for all employees and workers. As part of Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP), CIDB is encouraging contractors to have ISO 45001 certification to improve OSH legal compliance and prevent accidents at construction sites. 

Sysnovate Solutions offers guided toolkit called ISO 45001:2018 Certification Program for new companies seeking for ISO 45001:2018 certification. Through Sysnovate Solutions 3 Simple Steps of Certification, construction companies will complete their ISO 45001 certification successfully.

Sysnovate is a management and lean-agile consulting firm providing consultancy and training services for organizations in the property development, construction, engineering, facilities management and related sectors. Sysnovate places emphasis on 3 core pillars: people, process and technology. Its services are focused on integrated quality, environmental, safety and health (QESH) management, ISO management systems, QLASSIC quality assessment system, process and productivity enhancement, lean management and continual improvement. 

Training Course from Sysnovate

Sysnovate Solutions offers the following training courses:

  • One-Day Awareness Course, “Implementing ISO 45001:2018 OSH Management System in Construction”
  • One-Day Internal Auditor Course, “ Auditing ISO 45001:2018 OSH Management System”

Get your ISO 45001:2018 certification. 


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