Every 15 seconds a worker dies from a work related accident or diseases and 153 people experience a work related injury. The direct and indirect cost of occupational illness and accidents at work is estimated at USD 2.8 trillion worldwide. These represent an enormous burden for organizations and society as a whole. But with robust and effective processes in place,many accidents can be prevented. This is where the future ISO 45001 on occupational health and safety comes in. Designed to help all organization of all sizes and industries put in place a safe working environment for their employees, the standard is expected to reduce workplace injuries and illness around the world. Given that this new management system will become a part of business norm, regardless of whether organization choose to adopt it or not. Since the standard helps to set up a system vital for worker safety in workplace, it’s important to stay abreast of the latest development.

The development of this new standardis timely because it coincides with the recent newly revised ISO9001 (quality management system) and ISO 14001(environmental management system) which use a common risk based framework and easy to put them into practice. The commonalties among the standards enable organization to integrate them more easily into their business processes.  The standard does not deal with products and how they should be used or maintained rather the focus is the workplace safety and for this it use a technique of identifying the hazards at work to get rid of and minimize those that pose a significance. Furthermore as it doesnot conflict with other document and standards, it enhances the opportunity of integrating with overall business processes.

The standard also gives credibility which as a result helps others key interest that is, quality of products and service.