When the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) Project Group published OHSAS 18001 (requirements) and 18002 (guidelines for implementation) in 1999, it constituted the first single, unified approach to the subject of occupational health and safety. By the time BSI Group adopted OHSAS 18001 as a British Standard in 2009, more than 54.000 certificates had been issued in 116 countries.
Building upon this strong foundation and with an aim to increase the international acceptance of the 18000 standards, the International Standards Organization (ISO) in 2013 embarked on the project of developing ISO 45001 as an improved analogue and successor.
Statistics of loss and death*
- 868 493 accidents occur on the job
- 6 300 workers die from work-related accidents or illnesses globally
- a total of 4% of the world’s Gross National Product (GNP) is lost for the same reasons - Or, in other words, every company loses 4% of their turn-over
*Source: ILO Statistics via www.iso.org