ISO 9001 can improve worker safety through the identification and elimination
of potentially hazardous practices, development of a formal corrective
action process, and institutionalization of routine audits and management
reviews. Some critics suggest that such formalization and documentation of
work practices can negatively affect employees, such as by reducing skill
requirements or increasing cumulative trauma.
The key elements of a successful safety and health management system as
well as the relationship between them are explained. The manner and extent to
which the individual elements will be applied will depend on factors such as
size of the organisation, its management structure, the nature of its activities,
and the risks involved.
Approved codes of practice offer practical examples of good practice. They
give advice on how to comply with the law by, for example, providing a guide
to what is ‘reasonably practicable’. For example, if regulations use words like
‘suitable and sufficient’, anApproved Code of Practice can illustrate what this
requires in particular circumstances.
Approved Codes of Practice have a special legal status. If employers are
prosecuted for a breach of health and safety law, and it is proved that they
have not followed the relevant provisions of the Approved Code of Practice,
a court can find them at fault unless they can show that they have complied
with the law in some other way.
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The Statement of Health and Safety
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