Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Occupational health and safety
Safety should be a priority in any workplace. According to the International Labour Organisation, 6 300 people die every day as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases - more than 2.3 million deaths per year. A further 317 million accidents occur on the job annually, often resulting in extended absences from work.
Accidents can be prevented, and a future ISO standard will provide, for the first time, an international framework for occupational health and safety best practice, thereby reducing work-related accidents, injuries and diseases worldwide.
The much awaited ISO standard will be overseen by a newly created ISO project committee ISO/PC 283, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements, which held its kick-off meeting in October 2013 in London, United Kingdom. ISO/PC 283 will be tasked with transforming OHSAS 18001 (the OH&S management system requirements) into an ISO standard.