Adapting an OHS Management System to ISO 45001 Requirements: Ensuring System Management Effectiveness

Paulina Dziegielewska, Olga Konarkowska, Adam Gorny
European Research Studies Journal, Volume XXV, Issue 1, 809-819, 2022
DOI: 10.35808/ersj/2888


Purpose: In the end of a transition period, companies face the need to adjust their existing health and safety management systems to compliance with the ISO 45001 standard. Such compliance is deemed necessary for the effective rollout of a system that will ensure occupational safety. The aim of this study is to adapt the existing solutions for compliance with ISO 45001. Design/Methodology/Approach: The paper relies on the case of two manufacturing companies, for which compliance levels and the nature of any non-compliances have been assessed and for which vital improvement measures have been identified. Issues arising in connection with an assessment of the effectiveness of systemic management are examined. In assessing the solutions in place, the assumption is made that effective improvements are critical for the benefits to be derived from the operation of the resulting OHS system. Findings: A literature review has shown that for occupational safety to be managed effectively, is crucial to resolve all irregularities promptly by means of effective improvement measures. A relevant principle is applied to identify issues and select appropriate improvements. The measures that effectively improve the system in place are instrumental. Practical implications: The study addresses the activities that are pivotal for effective occupational safety management and, specifically, for the safety management system to produce the desired effects. Originality/Value: The study finds which non-conformities prevent organizations from improving their occupational health and safety management systems in accordance with ISO 45001 guidelines. Once organization recognize the needs for improvement that have been identified, they can view their occupational safety management as part of their company-wide management system. This has the effect of making their performance more effective.

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