ISO 45001 is an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) which provides a system for measuring and improving an organisation’s health and safety impact.
ISO 45001 focuses on managing your organisation's internal environment to ensure a safe and healthy workplace. ISO 45001 certification was developed to mitigate any factors that can cause employees and businesses irreparable harm.
Its requirements are the result of great effort by a committee of health and safety management experts who looked closely at a number of other approaches to system management - including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
In addition, ISO 45001 was designed to take other existing occupational health and safety standards, such as OHSAS 18001, into account - as well as the ILO’s labor standards, conventions and safety guidelines.
The major benefits to companies who hold ISO 45001 certification are:
The true value of ISO 45001 comes from linking the business strategy and the health and safety management system - not developing a standalone set of documents.
Using ISO 45001 to help manage risks and contractors, core and support processes, equipment and people gives you the opportunity not only to control but to assess and improve the health and safety of workers and others.
Certification to ISO 45001 gives you the opportunity to identify improvements and further reduce the risk of injury, illness and death.
The sort of things that you'll need to consider - which we can help you with - would be:
ISO 14001 is an Environmental Management System (EMS) which provides a structure for measuring and improving an organisation’s environmental impact.
The world has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change - but can companies be part of the solution? And, if so, how?
What is not in doubt is that environmental issues are growing in prominence: energy efficiency, environmental compliance, environmental impact, and carbon footprint are widely discussed.
The areas you'll need to look at - which we can help you with - would be:
ISO 14001 enables companies to put in place an effective environmental management system and is designed to address the balance between a company’s environmental impacts while maintaining profitability.
You also join in the fight against climate change. Being ISO 14001 certified proves to stakeholders, customers, suppliers etc. that you are environmentally credible. We help you navigate your own services and operations.
When a company is said to be ISO 9001 certified, it means that the company has passed a physical certification audit which ensures the quality management of that business.
The major benefits which companies hold ISO 9001:2015 certification are:
The key things that you'll need to look at - things that we can help you with - would be:
Because of our knowledge, skills and experience, we can guide you and shorten the whole process, and make your quality system work more effectively and efficiently.
We'll save you time and money and make sure you avoid the most common mistakes. We’ll also make sure you get a system that suits you, not just impose something on you ‘to get ISO 9001 certified’.
Organisations in all sectors are susceptible to broader economic forces, The state of the economy affects organisations in a number of ways, including:
Environmental issues have a growing impact on what customers want and how organisations behave. You may need to consider a number of factors:
Government policy and spending decisions have a major impact on most organisations in the public and private sectors. Some organisations have performance targets and measurements imposed directly on them by central or local government.
Governments regulate what consumers of many products and services can buy, and where, how and for how much (because of indirect taxes), all of which affect customers' perceptions of value. The laws and regulatory frameworks which result from political processes have a huge impact on most organisations.
In wider terms, the rise and fall of democracies or dictatorships and government policy in countries and regions across the world affect consumers: how many of them there are, what they want and are able to buy and what can be sold to or in other countries.
Such political change also affects relationships with public and non-profit service organisations in other countries.
The STEEP framework provides a useful structure for the discussion of the external environment. As you may well have noted, however, the distinction between the factors is rather artificial. Many political decisions have an economic impact, and almost all economic factors have a political dimension. Social behaviour is influenced by new technology, and in turn influences political decisions.
Environmental issues have strong social, political and economic elements, and the implementation of environmentally acceptable solutions often depends on the adoption of new technology.
It is important not to worry too much about how to classify external factors, but to be aware of how they may affect your organisation, your role and what customers value.
Most organisations attempt to keep abreast of and sometimes to forecast changes in their external environment, and we consider this next.
In this blog we consider what managers need to be aware of in the environment beyond customers, suppliers and competitors, although you should still focus on maintaining and improving value to your customers as you think about this far environment.
Changes in the far, or external, environment can be both a threat and a source of opportunities to organisations. It follows that managers who can monitor and understand their far environments are likely to be more effective.
To be able to do this, you must understand the main elements of your organisation's far environment, and then improve your knowledge of them and how they are likely to affect your organisation arid the field in which it operates.
Even if you are not in a position to influence how your organisation responds to the far environment, understanding how it is changing can help you to manage some of the ways in which your organisation has chosen to respond.
We will look briefly at the range of factors in the far environment that can influence organisations, although of course which factors are important will vary between organisations. We will do this under the five headings of sociological, technological, economic, environmental and political factors (STEEP). Then we will look at what you can do to keep abreast of external changes that may impact on your organisation.
We live quite differently from the way our parents did when they were our age, and we can see that the world in which today's children will live and work as adults will be different again. Sociological factors that are likely to affect organisations include demographic changes, patterns of work, household and social structure, morbidity and mortality, and gender roles, which may all influence changing social needs.
Demographic changes in the West, where both birth rates and death rates are declining, mean that the number of people of pensionable age in developed OECD countries will rise by 70 million by 2025, while the working-age population will rise by only 5 million (OECD).
This ageing of the population will affect the demand for consumer products and services and for the public and caring services provided by public and non-profit organisations the income, tax and donor base to fund them, and also the size of the workforce and the availability of labour.
Patterns of work continue to change. Few people entering the job market today expect lifelong employment with the same employer, and careers will often consist of several jobs and possibly periods of unemployment.
There has been a substantial growth in part-time jobs, most of them done by women. In most European countries the number of women in paid employment is now similar to the number of men. Household and social structures are very different now from the `typical' household consisting of two parents and one or more children.
The decline in traditional social structures based on class, religion and family has led to increasing mobility and freedom of choice. However, it has also created new social problems and issues, such as an increase in homelessness and a decline in traditional family support structures, with their impact on the services and products of many organisations.
Technological factors Just as the industrial revolution altered the way people lived in previous centuries, moving them from rural areas to towns and creating new markets, customer needs and public services, so the information technology revolution may be doing the same in this century. The information revolution is leading to worlds of work and living substantially different from the ones we have been familiar with.
Changes in information and transport are:
Next month we will look at Economic factors.
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