ISO 45001 Workplace Safety Standard is Published

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Clarion Safety Systems, a member of the U.S. technical advisory group to ISO 45001, discusses the publication of the new, global occupational health and safety management systems standard.

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ISO 45001 is the first global standard for occupational health and safety management systems.

This standard has the potential to move safety and health management forward on both a global level and in a country-by-country basis. As a professional it is imperative that you understand this standard, implementation, and implication for your company, colleagues, and clients.

Clarion Safety Systems, a leader in safety signs and safety labels, is pleased to share that, after five years in the making and a collaboration by over 75 countries, the ISO 45001 standard has been published.

ISO 45001:2018, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, is the first global standard for occupational health and safety management systems. It gives organizations in the U.S. and around the world a structure to plan, support, implement and evaluate their efforts to eliminate or reduce risks to workers. Efforts have been made to align ISO 45001 with a combination of other safety and health management systems – including ANSI/ASSE Z10, OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 – in order for organizations to be able to efficiently integrate its requirements into their existing management systems.

The standard is expected to have a significant effect on workplace safety and today’s businesses. “The ISO 45001 standard is potentially one of the most significant occupational safety and health voluntary national consensus to ever be promulgated. As an OSH professional you work with safety management systems standards on an almost daily basis. This standard has the potential to move safety and health management forward on both a global level and in a country-by-country basis. As a professional it is imperative that you understand this standard, implementation, and implication for your company, colleagues, and clients,” according to an ISO 45001 microsite from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the administrator of the U.S. technical advisory group (TAG) to ISO 45001.

Since early in the standard’s development process, Clarion has been an active member of its U.S. TAG. Clarion’s founder, Geoffrey Peckham, and Clarion’s head of standards compliance, Angela Lambert, have made significant contributions to preparing TAG feedback which informed the final standard. Additionally, as a more recent member of the TAG, Clarion’s Director of Business Development, Derek Eversdyke, will continue to be involved in key decision points related to the standard moving forward.

As companies look to implement processes to continually improve workplace safety in line with ISO 45001 and management system objectives, the ability to accurately communicate residual risks to workers, subcontractors and guests becomes critically important. Clarion specializes in providing cutting-edge facility safety communication through a guided, streamlined application of standards experience. In addition to workplace safety and risk services, the company provides facility safety sign systems that are up-to-date with today’s risk communication technology and ANSI/ISO best practices.

“In our work with today’s safety professionals, we’ve found that there’s not always a full awareness of how signage can integrate with their management system and help exceed their compliance requirements, risk objectives, and safety goals,” says Eversdyke.

“No matter where an organization is in the development of their safety management system or in identifying gaps in safety that they may have, Clarion specializes in being a hands-on partner to meet their needs. From job hazard analysis or risk assessments to safety sign evaluations, we help determine a scope of work tailored to their workplace.”

Eversdyke has been selected to present on this topic at ASSE’s Safety 2018 Professional Development Conference this June in a session titled, “Implementing Best Practice Safety Sign Systems in Line with ISO 45001 Objectives.”

“I look forward to joining my fellow safety professionals later this year at ASSE’s premier event as we work toward our shared goal of safer workplaces. In my presentation, I’ll provide information on recent advances in the OSHA, ANSI, ISO and NFPA standards related to safety sign systems, and provide attendees with practical advice on how to implement them as an integral part of a safety management system.”

For more information on ISO 45001, visit Clarion’s website.

ABOUT CLARION SAFETY SYSTEMS
Clarion Safety Systems, LLC, is the leading designer and manufacturer of visual safety solutions that help customers in more than 180 industries worldwide to make their products and premises safer. Clarion offers a full range of standard and custom products including machinery safety labels, environmental and facility safety signs, pipe and valve identification markings, lockout/tagout products, and safety-grade photoluminescent egress path-marking escape systems. Founded in 1990, the company continues to play a leading role in the development and writing of international and national standards for safety signs, labels, and markings. Clarion is headquartered at 190 Old Milford Road in Milford, PA, 18337, and online at http://www.clarionsafety.com.

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