Coges announces with great satisfaction the achievement of the UNI ISO 45001 certification, an international standard that specifies the requirements for a management system for health and safety at work.
The UNI ISO 45001 standard “Management systems for health and safety at work – Requirements and user guide” was developed in 2018 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) with the contribution of experts from over 70 countries around the world and has been adopted at national level by the Italian Standardization Association/Institution (UNI). UNI ISO 45001 is the first international standard to define the minimum standards of good practices for the protection of workers; therefore it defines a context for improving safety, reducing risks in the workplace and improving the health and well-being of workers.
“Employee safety management has always been a priority for Coges“- asserts Marco Corato, Coges Quality and Safety System Manager – “Since 2006 we have been certified according to the BS OHSAS 18001 standard, now replaced and improved by UNI ISO 45001 one. The company management has shown the utmost attention to this issue over the years and the workers have been trained and made aware of this subject. This further recognition represents, of course, an appreciated goal but at the same time a commitment which is constantly renewing. ”
The ISO 45001 standard requires the organizations which decide to implement a Management System for Workers’ Health and Safety to look beyond short-term issues and to consider what society in general expects from the organization in terms of responsibility. Created to ensure uniformity between the various ISO standards on management systems, UNI ISO 45001 adopts the spirit and the main innovations, including attention to risks, analysis of the context, involvement of company leadership and workers and the particular approach towards suppliers and contractors, since it is precisely in these categories that injuries very often occur.
From March 2021, at the end of a three-year transition period from publication, the UNI ISO 45001 standard becomes the only reference for the certification of management systems for health and safety at work. This scenario is undergoing a deep transformation and another challenge for companies is the synergy of management systems, to which UNI ISO 45001 can significantly contribute thanks to its structure, integrated with that of quality management standards (UNI EN ISO 9001) and of the environment ones (UNI EN ISO 14001), for which Coges is already qualified.
Coges believes that Health and Safety shall be managed with specific improvement systems in the daily activities and operations. Excellence and sustainability, intended as the ability to combine business needs and the expectations of all interested parties, are the basis of competitiveness and ongoing improvement of the business processes.