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.
This clause provides guidance on the support required to ensure that the OH&S management system can function effectively.
This clause encompasses the following:
- 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:
Examples of infrastructure include the organisation’s:
- 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.