Keep it simple - make it happen!

Author: Micheal Martin FAICD, Managing Director, C-Suite Safety Solutions Leadership
Moving from 18001 & AS/NZ 4801 to ISO 45001.

A Simple Plan on a Single Page; Is it possible?

As the head of a business unit, within a wider or larger organisational framework, it is important that you allocate sufficient time for planning when moving to the new ISO 45001 standard for occupational health and safety. 

Like any standard, ISO 45001 provides the framework that will enable you to gain third party certification, win you contracts, and demonstrate your credibility when it comes to safety. What it does not do is provide a template on how to drive safety in your organisation.

As a senior safety practitioner, and lead auditor of safety management systems, there are a few things to consider when moving to the new ISO standard from the outdated standards of OHSAS 18001 and AS/NZ 4801. 

After you move past the obvious benefits of efficiency, through alignment with other ISO 14001 Environmental Management, ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 31000 Risk Management and 41001 Facilities Management, you get to a framework that allows for innovation and creativity. This is where the possibilities open up.

You have the opportunity to declutter your existing system and reset safety for the current circumstances. ISO 45001 is a very straight-forward standard that allows you to be innovative and creative within the constraints of an enterprise risk management framework. So why not?

But how do you get there? 

As a first step, you need an ambition that can be communicated as a vision. You then must ensure, as the leader of a business unit, that your plan is nested into the overall strategic or organisation plan. You cannot afford to have goals and objectives that are not supported or push/pull in a direction which is contrary to that of the wider organisation and leadership. 

Next, speak with your people and seek executive support or program support to make sure you cover off the key areas that make for a successful plan. Most importantly, make sure your plan includes the following:

  • The plan is time bound
  • The plan has objectives
  • The plan includes interested parties
  • The plan identifies who is responsible
  • The plan includes programs
  • The plan includes activities
  • The plan is resourced
  • The plan is signed off by top management

Finally, document your plan. At C-Suite Safety Solutions we work with executives to ensure their message and intent is clear and concise when it come to safety. We also provide the tools and support and the learning around the use of the tools to ensure you are set up for success.

Take this simple template for example. An operational safety plan that includes all you need to lead your people, discharge your obligations, and meet the requirements of ISO 45001 on one page.

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About Micheal Martin FAICD, Managing Director, C-Suite Safety Solutions

Micheal is the Executive Director of C-Suite Safety Solutions and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He brings over two decades’ experience in working directly with key leaders from a diverse range of major global organisations; to deliver expert solutions in governance, risk and strategy that effect positive advancements in workplace safety.

Micheal has first-hand knowledge of the importance of safety practices, from the lunch-room, to the board-room, and the court-room; and combines this experience with a wealth of knowledge in fields of Business; Corporate Governance; Auditing; Industrial WHS; HR and Administrative Leadership.