Intertek earns accreditation from UKAS to ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety standard
Quality assurance provider meets the criteria to fulfil global benchmark for organisations around the world to ensure that they operate in a consistent, healthy, and safe manner.
Intertek, a total quality assurance provider to industries worldwide, has earned accreditation from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), the national accreditation body for the UK, for ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety management systems standard.
The new standard was published in March 2018 and will replace the OHSAS 18001 standard. ISO 45001 provides a global benchmark for organisations around the world to ensure that they operate in a consistent, healthy, and safe manner worldwide, thereby allowing organisations to meet health and safety guidelines that render across international lines.
ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety accredited certification will ensure consumer and public confidence in capabilities and competence of an organisation while also increasing its competitive advantage and opening new market opportunities. The new standard benefits employees, organisations, and their initiatives towards ensuring a safe and healthy work environment which in return improves overall business performance by increasing productivity and reducing workplace illness and injury.
Areas covered by ISO 45001 include: hazard identification and assessment of risks, emergency preparedness & response, internal and external communication, as well as management review. The standard also adheres to Annex SL, allowing for easy integration in an integrated management system with ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.
Karl Harland, technical director and regional certification manager at Intertek, noted the significance of the newly published standard. “The publication of ISO 45001 marks an exciting new episode in occupational health and safety management. Its coverage of worker health extends benefits to every industry. Intertek is proud to be one of the first ISO 45001 UKAS accredited certification bodies.”
Intertek has a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices, and over 43,000 people, in more than 100 countries around the world.