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ISO 45001 Whitepaper

What do we mean by an effective OH&S management system?

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How does this relate to risk?

A recent research study, summarized in this paper, has provided encouraging evidence that organizations benefit from having a certified occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, on average experiencing fewer total cases of injuries and ill-health in the years following their certification than equivalent uncertified organizations.

This suggests that the adoption of an OHS management system standard can be a useful tool to help improve organizationsʼ OH&S performance. However, we can only expect a positive outcome such as this if the management system is implemented and maintained effectively.

Indeed ISO 45001 contains numerous references to “the effectiveness of the OH&S management system” and “effective OH&S management”. But what is meant by an effective management system, and how can we know how effective our system is? In other words, how can we know if the way we are operating our OH&S management system is likely to yield the benefits shown in the research study.

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