ISO 45001:2018 is the successor to OHSAS 18001, and it is structured according to Annex SL which is standard for all ISO standards. This webinar will begin with the very real benefits of workplace safety, and continue with an overview of ISO 45001:2018 with particular focus on its most important clauses. ISO 45001 differs from other ISO standards with its emphasis on workforce participation, which is achievable with proven off the shelf methods such as workplace safety committees and worker-initiated near-miss reports (hiyari hatto = "experience of almost accident situation" in Japan).
The Ford Motor Company was a pioneer in modern industrial safety more than 100 years ago, and its proven methods such as lockout-tagout and error proofing are still used today. The "Can't rather than don't," as in "Make it so the worker can't put his or her hand in the moving parts rather than telling workers not to do this," underscores the need for engineering controls that make accidents impossible rather than administrative controls that rely on compliance and vigilance. 5S, ISO 9001, and "Can't rather than don't" can meanwhile eliminate eleven of the twelve accident root causes cited by Ford (and that have changed little during the past 90 or so years).
The webinar will discuss benefits and transition requirements for ISO 45001 and will also address the vital concept of management of change (MOC), which means that any change in a process, personnel, equipment, methods, and so on creates the risk of undesired consequences related to safety as well as quality.
This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of ISO 45001:2018 with a focus on its key clauses, and also on the workforce participation requirement that is unique to this standard (in contrast to ISO 9001, for example). Benefits include safer workplaces, lower worker's compensation premiums, and also support for OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
Organizations have a legal and ethical obligation to ensure workplace safety, and ISO 45001:2018 helps them take occupational health and safety to the highest level. Transition from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001 and conformance to ISO 45001 will even go a long way toward equipping organizations to meet the requirements of OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), which offers additional benefits.
Bottom line benefits include not only lower experience modification ratings (EMRs) for worker's compensation insurance but also avoidance of the indirect cost of workplace injuries which can ("Building a Business Case for Safety," Pennsylvania Training for Health and Safety") be 3 to 7 times the direct costs. These indirect costs can include disruption of production as well as OSHA penalties for safety violations. Another benefit of safer workplaces includes a lower Days Away Restricted or Transferred (DART) case rate.
ISO 45001 stresses the need for workforce participation. This webinar will describe how workplace safety committees and empowerment of workers (and other relevant interested parties) to file near miss reports gives workers central roles in identifying and removing potential hazards before they can cause any harm.
Organizations that are familiar with the ISO standards, including ISO 9001:2015 in particular, will have little difficulty in understanding the benefits and transition requirements for ISO 45001 and implementing ISO 45001 or even integrating it into an overall business system.
Manufacturing and safety professionals, as well as executives and managers who want to gain the benefits of ISO 45001.
William A. Levinson, P.E., is the principal of Levinson Productivity Systems, P.C. He is an ASQ Fellow, Certified Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor, Quality Manager, Reliability Engineer, and Six Sigma Black Belt. He is also the author of several books on quality, productivity, and management, of which the most recent is The Expanded and Annotated My Life and Work: Henry Ford’s Universal Code for World-Class Success.