Over 7 600 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases - thats over 2.78 million every year*. The burden of occupational injuries and diseases is significant, both for employers and the wider economy, resulting in losses from early retirements, staff absence and rising insurance premiums. To combat the problem, ISO has developed a new standard, ISO45001, Occupational health and safety management systems - Requirements, that will help organizations reduce this burden by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.
The standard was developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts, and follows other generic management system approaches such as ISO14001 and ISO9001. It will take into account other International Standards in this area such as OHSAS18001, the International Labour Organization's ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO's international labour standards and conventions. source: International Labour Organisation