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According to the International Labour Organisation, there are more than 2.78 million work related deaths per year, and an additional 374 million non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses. Ultimately, it’s these statistics that ISO 45001 aims to address.

ISO 45001:2018 is the latest International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. Designed for businesses of all sizes and industries, it is expected to reduce cases of workplace illnesses and injuries around the world.

 

First, a little about Risk Memo

If you’re not familiar with Risk Memo, we are a risk and damage reporting, task management and risk assessment mobile application. Participation of workers is the primary function of our app, allowing your team to report risks and damage to team leaders and management directly from their phones.

 

Consultation and participation of workers

Your employees on the front line are experts at what they do, and likely have ideas on how to improve their environment. To this end, in addition to reporting risks, Risk Memo prompts the employee to recommend control measures. This feature brings the employee into the discussion about the solution.

Once a report is confirmed, it is posted to the entire team for them to read. Within each report is a message board, which creates another form of communication and participation by allowing others to comment, discuss and resolve any confusion.

By providing a simple and accessible reporting system you’re sure to promote participation, and in doing so, your team will know that you’re eager for feedback and have a system in place to implement their advice.

 

Hazard identification and assessment of risks and opportunities

This Standard has a top down approach with regards to hazard identification, requesting organisations to consider ‘how work is organised, social factors, leadership and the culture of the organisation’. It’s a more holistic view of health and safety within the workplace.

A more holistic view is the reason our Risk Assessments include Key Principles. The purpose of a Key Principle is to give your team foundational knowledge that can prepare them for situations that have been overlooked or yet to be discovered.

For example, let’s say that you have identified areas A, B & C where fall prevention equipment is needed. Great, but what if area D has been overlooked? In this (oversimplified) scenario, your key principle would be “fall prevention equipment required within 1m of a 1m or greater potential fall”.

As long as your employees have foundational knowledge, for example via Key Principles, they will know how to act even when confronted with a specific situation that hasn’t been mitigated.

 

Before you go:

Risk Memo is a risk and damage reporting, task management and risk assessment mobile app.

With Risk Memo your team can:

  • report risks straight from their phone
  • assign control measures as tasks
  • effortlessly read, update and sign assessments

Click here if you’d like to learn more about Risk Memo.

 

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