ISO 45001:2018, the Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard was published in early March 2018. This is the sixteenth 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 7.3: Awareness.
Clause 7.3: Awareness
Every worker should be aware of:
- The OH&S policy and OH&S objectives;
- Their contribution to the effectiveness of the OH&S management system, including the benefits of improved OH&S performance;
- The implications and potential consequences of not conforming to the OH&S management system requirements;
- Incidents and the outcomes of investigations that are relevant to them;
- Hazards, OH&S risks and actions determined that are relevant to them;
Workers must be able to stop working without fear of reprisal if they consider that the work presents an imminent danger to their health and safety.
In addition to workers, contractors, visitors and other interested parties should be aware of the OH&S risks to which they are exposed and should also be appraised of all issues relating to the OH&S management system and OH&S performance of the organisation.
Awareness training should take account of individual worker capabilities such as literacy, language skills and maturity.
OH&S awareness can be promulgated by internal communication, visual signs and banners, campaigns, training or education, and mentoring.