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ISO 45001 - Occupational health and safety

Over 7 600 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases - that’s over 2.78 million every year*.

The burden of occupational injuries and diseases is significant, both for employers and the wider economy, resulting in losses from early retirements, staff absence and rising insurance premiums.

To combat the problem, ISO is developing a new standard, ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems - Requirements, that will help organizations reduce this burden by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.

ISO 45001 is due to be published in March 2018 and thereafter all certified organisation will be given a grace period of three years to convert to the new standard.

Standard approved with a 93% vote

ISO 45001 is based on the same High Level Structure as the quality and environmental management system standards, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, which will make the structure and common features familiar to organisations using those standards. ISO 45001 will replace OHSAS 18001, which has been widely adopted alongside a number of other national standards.

There will be a three-year migration period from the date of publication of ISO 45001:2018.

With all the major ISO standards being revised, GSRC is at the forefront of communicating the changes. We offer a range of ISO 45001 training courses to support organisations globally with their migration to the new standard and we also assist companies in converting to the new standard.

SPRING SPECIALS

Save on your safety training spend this spring with the following courses:

CoursesPrices
2 Day Safety Representative -R1 250.00
2 Day Risk Assessor -R 1 350.00
Half Day Fire Fighting -R650.00
1 Day First Aid -R750.00
10 Day Safety Officer -R5 500.00
Includes Student material and certificates of competence.GSRC is an accredited safety training provider since 2004.

GSRC Sponsorship Deal for CT Racing

GSRC Management are proud to announce their sponsorship of the #69 Racing Alfa known on the local track circuits as Camel Spit.

As the main sponsor for the car and team, the car will carry the name of GSRC Management and we in turn will ensure that the team has a proper safety system in place and adheres to all legal requirements to ensure the safety and health of not only the members of the team but also others who may be affected by the teams operations.

Six Steps to Ensure Compliant, Accurate and Thorough Hira

Compliant Steps

The OHS Act requires employers and users to provide and maintain a safe and healthy working environment and in order to comply with this requirement, the employer needs to identify hazards and risks and implement control measures, all of which comes from the process of Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment.

Why then are so many HIRA’s poorly done, inaccurate and seen as an odious burden of line management’s time? One simple answer is because there is too much ignorance around what constitutes a detailed HIRA, who should be conducting it and how we go about doing it.

In this article we will briefly explain the six broad steps that should be taken when conducting a detailed and proper HIRA so that everybody can improve upon the quality of their existing ones.

1) Role Players
Safety is a line function and not a staffing or administrative function, so why is it that so many safety practitioners spend their time doing HIRA’s? SHE practitioners are professionals who know how to complete and facilitate HIRA’s but they are not knowledgeable on every aspect of the operation and to expect them to perform such a vital function as this is to court disaster.