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.
ISO 45001, Occupational 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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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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