International Applications Achieves Successful Transition to ISO 45001

International Applications (IAL), supplier of coatings, paint and consumables to the  Marine, Automotive Manufacture, Rail, Wood Coatings, Car Refinish, Industrial and Composite industries, has successfully achieved the transition to ISO 45001, the world's first global health and safety management system.

Previously they achieved Occupational Health and Safety Management (OHS) OHSAS 18001 having been audited by ACM since 2015, but this was recently replaced by the new standard so IAL decided they would like to be one of the first companies to make the transition.

They are very happy to currently be one of only a handful of companies to successfully make the transition to ISO 45001. Many have started the process, which needs to be completed by March 2021, but many are finding the transition difficult to implement due to the complexity of requirements.

ISO 45001 is designed to prevent work-related injury and ill-health and to provide safe and healthy workplaces. As an international standard, as opposed to just a British standard, the new standard crosses geographic, political, economic, commercial and social boundaries and sets a single benchmark for the management of occupational health and safety. If an organisation operates or trades internationally, it promotes working to a single standard which simplifies business and is a great framework to build organisational resilience. In addition, it can also deliver increased organisational resilience through proactive risk prevention, innovation and continual improvement and the strengthening of legal and regulatory compliance whilst reducing business losses.

For any company, the road to certification requires time and commitment. IAL began their internal preparations for certification and transition in March, by evaluating their existing procedures and aligning them with the new requirements. Since their documentation and procedures were already well established and compliant with the current British Standards, they had a good foundation to work from. In November 2018, ACM performed the mandatory transit audit. They then notified IAL of their achievement of the successful transitioning to ISO 45001 from OHSAS 18001.

Llewelyn Mulder IAL’s Managing Director commented. “As a company who constantly strives to protect and enhance our most important asset, our people, having an effective occupational health and safety management system is paramount for us. This is why we are extremely honoured to be one of only a handful of companies to currently achieve this new standard in the UK."

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