ISO 45001 – Clause 7: Support & Clause 7.1: Resources

ISO Standards, Management Systems, Occupational Health & Safety

ISO 45001:2018, the Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard was published in early March 2018. This is the fourteenth in a series of blogs, in which we describe what the implementing company must do in order to meet the requirement of the standard. We will now look at clause 7: Support.

ISO 45001

This clause provides guidance on the support required to ensure that the OH&S management system can function effectively.

This clause encompasses the following:

  • Competence;
  • Awareness;
  • Communication;
  • Documented information.
Clause 7.1: Resources

The organisation must initially determine and provide the resources necessary to establish, implement, maintain and continually improve its OH&S management system.

The identification, procurement and provision of resources are the prerogative of senior management and their absence or diminution can be a limitation on the effectiveness of the OH&SMS.

Examples of resources include:

  • Human;
  • Natural;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Technology

Examples of infrastructure include the organisation’s:

  • Buildings;
  • Plant;
  • Equipment;
  • Utilities;
  • Information technology;
  • Communications systems;
  • Emergency containment systems.

Resources should be provided in a timely and efficient manner.

Resource allocations should consider the organisation’s current and future needs.

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Heath & Safety , ISO 45001 , Occupational Health & Safety , OHS
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