Is implementing OHSMS ISO 45001:2018 useless?
What is Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)? Does it need to be ISO too? This is a question that is often asked by common people regarding Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and ISO. Another question that will appear: What are the benefits if we are already ISO certified?
We'll start by defining it first. OHS or what is often translated in Bahasa as Keselamatan dan Kesehatan Kerja (K3) is an important part of an activity both in daily life and in an organization. Everyone wants their activities to end in a healthy and safe way, no one wants to complete an activity by leaving a health or safety problem that can threaten our lives even if only a little. In an organization, the health and safety of workers is the organization’s responsibility. Therefore, it’s important for organizations to assure their workers that their health and safety at work has become an important concern of the organization. Starting from the establishment and promotion of OHS to the supporting matters, such as: preventive measures, sanctions, compensation and corrective actions.
Accident data shows an increasing trend every year (according to data from the Indonesia Central Statistics Agency). It shows how big the threat to our safety is and how much we care about our own health and safety at work.
An organization's work accident rate also determines the image of the organization. The high number of work accidents in an organization reflects the organization's negligence in managing a safe and healthy work environment. It is true that the matter of death, injury or illness is a destiny, but aren't we required to strive or try as optimally as possible instead of surrendering?
One of the many efforts made by organizations is to implement an OHS management system such as ISO 45001:2018. In clause 0.2 of ISO 45001:2018 it is stated that the purpose of implementing an OHS management system is to provide a framework for managing OHS risks and opportunities. Then if it is ISO 45001:2018 certified, does the work accident rate become ZERO? This is a question that is often asked by both employees and top management. The answer is either YES or NO. How come? Then why do we pay expensively if nothing changes?
Actually, the key word is only one word: COMMITMENT. Like a marriage without a strong commitment, it will break up too. Infidelity, mutual suspicion, walking alone, no cooperation are some of the things that can cause that split, in the application of the OHS management system. When we have planned to implement it then totality is what we need next. Continuous improvement we need to "cover" small leaks in its implementation. Nothing is perfect because everything needs a process, once again what we need most of all is commitment from all workers from the top to the bottom level. The cooperation of all workers is also very necessary as a complement to the commitments we have made. Every worker at all functions and levels must understand and be aware of what their duties and responsibilities are. Everyone must be aware that occupational health and safety is not the responsibility of certain people but the responsibility of all. And all must also be aware that occupational health and safety is not an instant process but requires continuous improvement in all processes to become better.
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