Migrating from OHSAS 18001 to the new International Standard ISO 45001 may have its challenges, but with careful planning, checking and commitment, organizations, their employees and all stakeholders will enjoy the benefits of improved health and safety management systems.
Published on ISO.org | By Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis
Welcome to the world of health and safety, which, for many people, can invoke extreme reactions. Just a mention of the phrase “health and safety”, like “political correctness”, can bring on an attack of eye-rolling and teeth-sucking. We have all read the absurd (and, yes, sometimes fake) stories of health and safety “gone mad”, from one UK school’s alleged banning of the traditional game conkers – involving chestnuts on strings – to bans on yoyos in playgrounds and kettles in offices.
Many of these stories often turn out to be apocryphal; urban myths that have gained currency over the years as the result of an overzealous interpretation of the health and safety rules and the fear of being sued.
Sleeping on the job
All businesses and institutions, of course, have a responsibility to provide their employees with a safe and healthy workplace. Examples here can provoke more eye-rolling. In some organizations and tech companies, sleep pods and nap rooms are becoming the norm, such as the dome-shaped nap rooms at the Beijing headquarters of Chinese Internet company Baidu, and the MetroNaps sleep pods at Google’s head office in California.
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