ISO solutions for a safe and healthy future at work

Health and safety at work likely isn’t an issue that’s top of mind on a daily basis. Yet, for millions of workers across the globe, their jobs can put them in some extremely high-risk environments where valuing safety can mean the difference between life and death.

Organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Day for Safety and Health at Work aims to raise awareness of the importance of occupational health and safety and build a culture of prevention in the workplace. This year’s theme looks to the future for continuing these efforts through major changes such as technology, demographics, sustainable development, and changes in work organization.

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The future of work: Are you ready for smart Cobots?

When you can design your workflow to capitalize on the best attributes of humans and robots, there are many benefits.

Robots are the latest generation of robotic systems, and they are intended to work alongside humans. Thanks to enhancements in sensor and vision technology, cobots do not need to be secured behind a cage to keep humans in the workplace safe from the rapid movements and heavy bulk that are typical in earlier generations of industrial robots.

Advances in computing power and robotic technology along with a smaller price tag, an average of $24,000 each, make cobots a realistic option for small- and medium-sized businesses. Now the benefits of advanced robotics are available to these companies to help them compete with larger manufacturers.

Cobots are:

  • Easy to program: No programming expertise is needed to set up and operate cobots quickly. Often, they are virtually plug and play or easily programmed through a tablet or by adjusting the cobot’s arms.
  • Fast to setup: Unlike traditional industrial robots that take weeks to be operational, the setup time for most cobots is just a few hours.
  • Flexible: Traditional robots are often bolted to the floor and deployed for a particular application. Cobots are flexible and mobile, don’t require a lot of space and can be redeployed very easily to support new and multiple applications.
  • Safe: Cobots don’t need safety cages to keep your human workforce safe on the job when they are working. They can sense obstacles and adjust their speed or reverse to avoid crashing into humans (or other obstacles).
> Read entire article The Future Of Work: Are You Ready For Smart Cobots? | Bernard Marr | Forbes

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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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!

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