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Spotlight on Standards: ISO 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety) and ISO 50001 (Energy Management)

Quality InsightsApril 21, 2023

Time to shed some light on two crucial standards. The aim is to introduce, outline and remove a lot of uncertainty.

“A scary number of standards”

One of our clients once asked: “There are a scary number of standards, can you help to clarify some of them?” With this in mind, we launched Spotlight on Standards to highlight two popular standards in each edition of Quality Insights. The aim is to introduce, outline and remove a lot of uncertainty.

This time, we focus on:

ISO 45001 – occupational health and safety management systems – requirements with guidance for use

What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is a globally recognized occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) standard. An OHSMS is fundamental to an organization’s risk management strategy.

The standard aims to prevent work-related injuries and ill-health. It also seeks to provide safe and healthy workplaces to help reduce the 2.78 million work-related fatalities and 374 million non-fatal injuries and illnesses reported each year (ILO figures).

ISO 45001 outlines key requirements and aims to improve overall health and safety performance. It encourages internal and external stakeholder focus as part of adopting a risk-based approach.

Key benefits

Certification follows successful completion of an audit and enables you to:

  • Protect your workforce and others, such as visitors
  • Comply with legal requirements
  • Facilitate continual improvements
  • Align it with other management system standards like ISO 9001 and ISO 14001
  • Align with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 16

Homing in on critical areas

From identifying issues to prioritizing safety and updating processes, ISO 45001 has several key requirements to fulfill.

Key requirement areas:

  • Outline your organization’s strategy and engage stakeholders
  • Develop an implementation plan
  • Meet any competency requirements and create awareness for all parties under your control that impact your OHSMS
  • Review and confirm leadership roles, responsibilities and accountabilities
  • Determine the systems and controls to manage outsourcing
  • Review and understand the requirements for risks and opportunities
  • Ensure that documented information requirements are understood
  • Update the existing OHSMS to meet all requirements and verify its effectiveness
  • Establish processes for consultation and participation of workers
  • Implement systems to control and maintain processes, ensuring health and safety hazards are assessed

Implementing ISO 45001

It is essential that ISO 45001 is implemented correctly to reap all of the rewards. We can support you to achieve this through our various methods, including training.

Key areas:

  • Ensure senior management support and commitment
  • Engage the entire organization through internal communications
  • Compare your existing systems with the new requirements
  • Obtain worker, customer and supplier feedback on current systems
  • Create an implementation team
  • Define roles, responsibilities and schedules
  • Start with the basic principles
  • Use training and incentives to encourage employee involvement
  • Share knowledge on the standard and consider internal auditor training
  • Regularly review the system to ensure continual improvement

ISO 50001 – energy management systems – requirements with guidance for use

What is ISO 50001?

ISO 50001 is a globally recognized energy management system (EnMS) certification. An EnMS is fundamental to an organization’s energy performance.

The standard specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an EnMS that can enhance energy efficiency in crucial areas, including reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The aim is to enable an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving better energy performance and an EnMS. ISO 50001 also establishes an international framework for energy supply and use in industrial, commercial and institutional organizations.

Key benefits

Certification follows successful completion of an audit and enables you to:

  • Easily improve energy performance
  • Reduce costs
  • Demonstrate commitment to continuously improving energy performance
  • Meet and exceed customer expectations
  • Align with UN SDGs 7, 11, 12 and 13

Homing in on critical areas

From identifying issues to prioritizing safety and updating processes, ISO 50001 has several key requirements to fulfill.

Key requirement areas:

  • Focus on energy-efficiency improvements across your organization
  • Outline your organization’s strategy and engage stakeholders
  • Develop an implementation plan
  • Meet any new competency requirements and create awareness for all parties that impact your EnMS
  • Review and confirm leadership roles, responsibilities and accountabilities
  • Determine the systems that manage outsourced products and services
  • Review and understand the requirements for risks and opportunities
  • Ensure that documented information requirements are understood
  • Update the existing EnMS to meet the new requirements and verify its effectiveness

Cutting to the core

ISO 50001 contains several core concepts that, if implemented correctly, can help to enhance your organization.

Some core concepts:

  • The context of your organization
  • Leaders and management responsibilities
  • Energy review and baseline
  • Performance evaluation
  • Communications
  • Documented information
  • Nonconformity and corrections
  • Management review

Implementing ISO 50001

It is essential that ISO 50001 is implemented correctly to reap all of the rewards. We can support you to achieve this through several courses.

Key areas:

  • Ensure senior management support and commitment
  • Engage the entire organization through internal communications
  • Compare your existing systems with the new requirements
  • Obtain worker, customer and supplier feedback on current systems
  • Create an implementation team
  • Define roles, responsibilities and schedules
  • Start with the basic principles
  • Use training and incentives to encourage employee involvement
  • Share knowledge on the standard and consider internal auditor training
  • Regularly review the system to ensure continual improvement

How we can help

With expertise in all major industries, we understand each sector’s pain points and have the technical skills and logistical capabilities to ensure realistic outcomes.

An audit against ISO 45001 and/or ISO 50001 from us will help your organization to stand out from the crowd by supporting you to develop and improve performance, among other things.

Additional ISO 45001 services

We offer a range of complementary services:

  • ISO 45001 OHSMS Auditor/Lead Auditor Training Course
  • ISO 45001 OHSMS eLearning Bundle (Introduction, Internal Auditor and Implementation)
  • ISO 45001 OHSMS Implementation Training Course
  • ISO 45001 OHSMS Internal Auditor Training Course
  • ISO 45001 OHSMS Introduction and Implementation eLearning Pathway
  • ISO 45001 OHSMS Introduction and Internal Auditor eLearning Pathway
  • ISO 45001 OHSMS Introduction eLearning Training Course
  • ISO 45001 OHSMS Introduction Training Course

Additional ISO 50001 services

We offer a range of complementary services:

  • ISO 50001 Auditor Transition Training Course – Module 2
  • ISO 50001 EnMS Auditor/Lead Auditor Training Course
  • ISO 50001 EnMS eLearning Bundle (Introduction, Internal Auditor and Implementation)
  • ISO 50001 EnMS Introduction and Implementation eLearning Pathway
  • ISO 50001 EnMS Introduction and Internal Auditor eLearning Pathway
  • ISO 50001 EnMS Introduction eLearning Course
  • ISO 50001 Internal Auditor Course
  • ISO 50001 Introduction Training Course

Discover how our services can benefit you.

For further information, please contact:

Jason Hulbert
Associate Marketing Manager
Knowledge
t: +49 89 78 74 75-133

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