Year 2018 at ISO

  • 2018 was marked by the publication of some very important standards, in particular ISO 45001 on Health and Safety at work, and the revisions of ISO 22000 on Food Safety and ISO 50001 on Energy Performance & Management.
  • Gathering almost 600 people, #ISOWeek2018, held in Geneva, focused on how International Standards can advance the 2030 Agenda.
  • If you are wondering how ISO standards help meet the SDGs, check out the ISO SDG tool: for each Goal, ISO has identified the standards that make the most significant contribution.
  • For the Standardization Community there is no greater celebration than the World Standards Day, this year’s theme was #4thindustrialrevolution.
  • We engaged block chain expert Dr. Phillipa Rayan #ISOchat.
  • If you thought standards had no business around poop, think again! We were present at the #ReinventedToiletExpo, held in Beijing, China. Our Secretary General Mr. Mujica shared the floor with Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank.
  • The MENA STAR Project saw 8 of our members in the Middle East and North African region members work with our Capacity Building Unit to help business and industry apply key standards for sustainable development.

International Standards make things work!

International Standards make things work. They give world-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. They are instrumental in facilitating international trade.

ISO has published 22380 International Standards and related documents, covering almost every industry, from technology, to food safety, to agriculture and healthcare. ISO International Standards impact everyone, everywhere.

> Did you know that our imported food is safer because of ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System?

> Did you know that environmental management is improved ISO 14001 Environmental Management System?

> Workplace hazards are significantly reduced using ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety!

> Are you aware that your online data is safer because of ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security?

> Is your business is protected from unexpected interruptions with ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management System?

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New technical specification for auditors of ISO 45001

ISO 45001Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, made standardization history when it was published in March this year.

Now, a new complementary technical specification – ISO/IEC TS 17021-10 – has just been published, defining the required skills and knowledge of those bodies auditing organizations that have implemented the health and safety standard.

ISO/IEC TS 17021-10, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 10: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of occupational health and safety management systems, is intended to guarantee a harmonized approach to the accreditation of an ISO 45001 certification.

The new technical specification is aimed at auditors, or anyone making certification decisions related to ISO 45001, and will ultimately serve certification, accreditation and regulatory bodies by confirming that auditing and certification decisions related to ISO 45001 have been carried out by those who have the competence to do so.

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How ISO standards support World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Celebrated under the auspices of the International Labour Organization (ILO), whose recent statistics suggest that 2.78 million people die from accidents and illnesses related to the workplace every year, its objective is to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.

This year’s theme, “Generation Safe & Healthy”, focuses on the need to end child labour and to improve the safety and health of young workers. According to the ILO, globally, 541 million young workers (between the ages of 15 and 24) account for 15 % of the world’s labour force. They sustain up to 40 % more non-fatal occupational injuries than do adult workers (older than 24). This is due to many factors including being less able than older and more experienced workers to assess risks, but also feeling less confident to speak up in the face of danger at work.

Moving towards safer workplaces will also help progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No 8: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”.

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Introducing – ISO 45001 Lead Auditor training

ISO 45001 – Let the migration begin

The world’s much anticipated International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety is now published, and is set to transform workplace practices globally.

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.

Be among the first to become a Certified ISO 45001 Lead Auditor!

The new ISO 45001 Lead Auditor training is now available! See our featured training opportunities below or check our complete schedule for more!

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Toronto, ON, Canada 14-18 May Registration
Dallas, TX, USA 21-25 May Registration
Seattle, WA, USA 11-15 June Registration
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago 25-29 June Registration
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(*) If you have a group of 5 or more, we will go to your city to deliver the Certified ISO 45001 Lead Auditor training. Save time and travel fees. Contact us to organize a training in your city at your preferred date.

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Our world with ISO 45001

Whether it’s a failure to protect workers against toxic chemicals, or a sleep-deprived employee getting into a fatal car accident, millions of people are hurt or killed at work each year. Now, with the arrival of the world’s first International Standard on Occupational Health and Safety, many such incidents can be prevented.
The next time someone tells you “my job is killing me”, remember that it may not just be a figure of speech. Every 15 seconds, in the world, a worker dies from a work-­related accident or disease, and 153 people experience a work-­related injury. And now there’s new data that workplace accidents are on the rise, amounting to some 500 000 more injuries than just three short years ago.
Uncover why ISO 45001 has the potential to be a real game changer for millions of workers (and workplace health hazards) around the world.
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According to recent calculations by the International Labour Organization (ILO), 2.78 million deaths occur due to work yearly. This means that, every day, almost 7 700 persons die of work-­related diseases or injuries. In 2014, the figure was estimated to be only 2.3 million, a discrepancy that may be attributed to increasing life expectancy and new data utilized in recent calculations. Additionally, there are some 374 million non-fatal work-­related injuries and illnesses each year, many of these resulting in extended absences from work. This paints a sober picture of the modern workplace – one where workers can suffer serious consequences as a result of simply “doing their job”.
Along with a growing (and enormous) cost for workers and their families, occupational health and safety (OH&S) has staggering impacts on economic and social development. The United Nations agency unveiled estimates showing that, worldwide, the total cost of illnesses, injuries and deaths was 3.94 % of the global gross domestic product (GDP), or about USD 2.99 trillion, in direct and indirect costs of injuries and diseases.

But there’s more. The economic impact of failing to invest in worker safety and health is nearly equal to the combined GDP of the 130 poorest countries in the world. Indeed, the scale of the challenge is huge.

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Be among the first to become a Certified ISO 45001 Lead Auditor!

The new ISO 45001 Lead Auditor training is now available! See our featured training opportunities below or check our complete schedule for more!