The pandemic has fundamentally changed the way people live and work. As many organizations transition to the “new normal”, they are facing the challenges of how to launch or restart their operations while ensuring occupational health and safety.
Introduced in a record time of three months, ISO/PAS 45005 launched in response to the immediate need to improve and adapt to new work standards and operations. It helps all organizations respond to COVID-19 and the increased risk to people’s health, safety and well-being in any location, such as working at home, in mobile settings or physical workplaces.
Taking a systems approach facilitates the coordination of resources and efforts that are so important in managing COVID-19. With ISO/PAS 45005 compliance, organizations can inform their OH&S management system by relating the relevant clauses to a Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle.
Plan: Determine what needs to be done for the organization to work safely.
Do: Implement what the organization has planned.
Check: See how well it is working.
Act: Fix problems and look for ways to make what the organization is doing more effective.
This is not a single set of recommendations. It is a framework in which the PDCA cycle should be repeated, with all parts active throughout, to enable ongoing improvement and the organization to respond to changes during the different phases of the pandemic.
By implementing ISO/PAS 45005, an organization can:
The certification also contributes to several UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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