With a systematic management of occupational health and safety, companies are better prepared for the challenges of the Corona pandemic. The standard for occupational health and safety management – ISO 45001 – leads to a faster and more systematic approach when it comes to safety and health at work during the Corona crisis.
This means employees, customers, contractors and other visitors will be better protected.
“ISO 45001 was not developed for the Corona pandemic. But it creates an excellent basis for dealing with the crisis,” says Anja Oels, responsible for ISO 45001 at TUV Rheinland.
For a management system according to ISO 45001, companies must, for example, have sufficient resources as well as trained employees and a good communication flow.
“This is enormously valuable in the pandemic. Targeted training on pandemic-relevant topics and the communication of measures can be realized faster and more efficiently if appropriate communication tools and processes as well as trained staff are already in place,” says Oels.
ISO 45001 also requires that top management must be both involved in and responsible for employees’ health protection.
“Management commitment is crucial in this crisis situation. Management is called upon to ensure the health of the employees and at the same time to secure the economic continuity of the company. An established management system has already made them aware of their own responsibility,” says Anja Oels.
The standard for occupational health and safety also places great emphasis on employees’ participation. Therefore, appropriate mechanisms of participation in occupational safety issues exist in the company.