Organizations today need to remain vigilant to address the wide range of health and safety risks that workers can be exposed to, from issues relating to their mental health and physical threats.
Some essential workers may be exposed to hazards that can put them at risk of infection. Every organization, large or small, can act now to assess, control and mitigate the risk from biological hazards such as COVID-19.
In addition, even those workers who aren’t at risk from direct exposure may face new health and safety risks, such as the psychological impact of being isolated whilst working from home.
The ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System provides a framework to support the successful protection of the mental and physical health of workers. Health and safety awareness as part of the culture of an organization is emphasized with participation of, and consultation with, workers from all levels and functions. This can ensure that, when employed, the management system covers what is needed and is communicated effectively to all involved.
Designed to reduce the risks of work-related ill-health (and injury) and to provide safe and healthy work environments, it represents best practice in health and safety risk management, which, if implemented correctly, can help organizations protect their workers.
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