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UNE-ISO/PAS 45005

UNE-ISO/PAS 45005 has been published to reduce risks in the workplace related to COVID-19

08/03/2021

  • The Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE) has incorporated the UNE-ISO/PAS 45005 into its national catalogue, a global reference specification for managing the risks of COVID-19 and protecting health, safety and well-being in the workplace.
  • This new standard strengthens UNE's commitment to winning the battle against coronavirus and contributing to Spain's economic recovery, adding to those for hygienic masks, tourism, funeral facilities and ultraviolet radiation equipment. 

8 March 2021. The Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, has published UNE-ISO/PAS 45005 specification Occupational health and safety management. General guidelines for ensuring safe working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This standard sets a global standard in the field and strengthens the Spanish standardisation body's commitment to winning the battle against coronavirus and to contributing to the economic recovery in Spain, joining others developed during the pandemic.

COVID-19 has revolutionised the world of work and business owners and people responsible for human resources departments face unprecedented challenges. Within this framework, experts in occupational health and safety from 26 member countries of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), of which UNE is the Spanish member, set out to work on an ISO document in record time. The result has been ISO/PAS 45005, now adopted in the Spanish catalogue.

UNE-ISO/PAS 45005 provides guidance to organisations on how to manage COVID-19 risks to protect health, safety and welfare in the workplace. Its intention is to complement existing national guidelines and regulations.

Experts from 26 countries, including UNE Spain, worked to establish these guidelines in the form of a publicly available specification (PAS), which was approved by the 80 member countries of the international Technical Standards Committee ISO/TC 283 for Occupational health and safety management. This format allows the document to then be updated in its present form or be developed into a formal standard, depending on the future course of the pandemic and emergence of new information and strategic situations for companies. The ISO/PAS 45005 It was developed in just three months to respond effectively to the emergency situation.

This document is aimed at organisations of all sizes and sectors, including those working during the pandemic; those reopening or planning to resume operations after a total or partial closure; and those returning to occupy workplaces that have been closed in whole or in part, or which are new and are expecting to operate for the first time. It also provides guidance on the protection of workers of all types and of other relevant stakeholders.

It is not intended, however, to provide advice on how to implement specific protocols for the control of infections in clinical, healthcare and other settings. Governments, regulatory agencies and health authorities provide applicable legislation and guidelines for workers in these environments and in related fields.

The contribution of UNE

UNE has developed several standards designed to help win the battle against coronavirus and to contribute to Spain's economic recovery. Examples of standards that reduce COVID-19 risks are those related to hygienic masks, tourism, funeral facilities and equipment using ultraviolet radiation. These have been developed in record time to respond to the emergency. For example, the UNE 0064 and UNE 0065 Specifications for disposable and reusable hygienic masks were published before 14 April 2020 to facilitate their manufacturing with quality, safety and speed in the event of shortages. UNE is a successful model of public-private collaboration.

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