Technica were delighted to complete a successful transition to ISO45001 earlier this week and be awarded the certification by the British Assessment Bureau.

The transition, completed well ahead of the 2021 deadline, sees Technica depart from the old OHSAS18001 standard to the ISO45001 management system.  The audit was conducted ‘virtually’ over a two-day period and highlighted only three minor comments which were addressed immediately after the audit.

Steve Holliday, company SHE Advisor at Technica was responsible for representing Technica throughout the two days commented “undertaking the audit in a virtual way was not without some unique challenges”. He continued “this result is a reflection on the whole team at Technica and to complete this transition is a fantastic achievement”.

Managing Director of Technica, John Davison stated that “this achievement represents to all external stakeholders, clients, prospective clients and other organisations, that Technica is serious and competent in managing the health & safety risks that are experienced by the business”.

Technica has a fantastic safety record having never had a RIDDOR reportable incident in the history of the Company and being recognised by key clients such as National Grid for an exceptional safety performance. This excellent safety performance continues to be underpinned by the ISO45001 management system.

ISO 45001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety management system. It provides a framework for organizations to manage risks and opportunities to help prevent worker illnesses and injuries.

The standard differs from the predecessor OHSAS18001 in two key ways. Firstly, the new IS045001 standard calls for a top-down commitment to safety by making safety and health part of an organization’s management strategy at the very highest levels

Secondly, the standard puts a greater emphasis on risk management. Unlike OHSAS18001, which only focused on controlling known hazards, ISO 45001 requires organizations to take a risk-based approach to proactively identify sources or situations that have the potential to cause harm. It’s part of a shift toward risk management being baked into a company’s operations at every level.