ISO 45001 is the new International Standard for occupational health and safety, due for release in early 2018. Any business seeking to gain ISO 45001 accreditation should make sure they have a comprehensive CCTV setup in place before they apply.
A state-of-the-art CCTV system improves health and safety at work. There are two main reasons for this:
1) Employees feel accountable and are more likely to behave in a positive manner if they know their actions can be seen; and
2) Security is improved with perimeter CCTV systems, adding safety to the work environment.
Why CCTV will help your ISO 45001 application
The ISO standards were developed to create an internationally recognised level of commitment to high standards and consistent improvement. Other standards, such as ISO 9001, require the use of quality management systems to prove this ongoing commitment to improved processes and efficiency. As part of ISO 45001, businesses will need to demonstrate their management processes to develop a consistent and high-level commitment to improved occupational health and safety.
A CCTV system will show the ISO certification body that a business is dedicated to a safe working environment. Using CCTV improves health and safety in the workplace, as it reduces risk and raises employee awareness of their own accountability.
How CCTV for ISO 45001 can save a business money
ISO 45001 will reduce health and safety costs due to accidents and near-misses, as any business with the accreditation must have clear management processes in place to reduce these risks. For example, regular health and safety training is mandatory and must be recorded in personnel files.
This health and safety training will reduce the risk faced in the work environment as employees become accountable for their own actions. CCTV can be used to ensure this health and safety training is adhered to.
CCTV can also reduce insurance premiums due to the improved awareness of health and safety at work and the minimising of risk. Monitoring a secure perimeter, for example, improves safety by providing advance warning of intruders. For insurers, having CCTV in this situation is seen as a protocol to minimise risk to the business and the resulting premiums will be lower.
Video recorded from CCTV can also significantly reduce the time required for any investigations into an incident at the workplace. Whether it’s an internal investigation regarding an employee or an external inquiry due to a break-in, CCTV will minimise the time required for this process.