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World Occupational Health and Safety Day

25/04/2019

The World Day for Occupational Health and Safety is held on 28 April to advocate worldwide prevention of occupational accidents and illnesses.

The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has the international standard ISO 45001:2018, published a year ago. The Standard outlines the best health and safety practices and includes the requirements of a management system that matches the so-called ISO High-Level Structure for management system standards. It also improves Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) management by reducing the risks faced by organisations while they develop safety policies and define their goals, against the backdrop of satisfying the expectations of interested parties. The abovementioned Standard also helps organisations to optimise OSH results, as well as prevent injuries and deterioration in workers' health.

Leadership, commitment and participation on all company levels and functions are the cornerstones of this standard, a document appropriate for all organisations regardless of their size, including SMEs, business undertaken or nature of the risks faced by the employees; its aim is to ensure continuous improvement by using the PDCA management approach.

From a national point of view, the UNE CTN 81 "Health and Safety" technical committee, via the national standardisation body for occupational health and safety, has directly cooperated with the ISO technical committee responsible for drafting the Standard. Experts from this national committee have cooperated extensively in international meetings, while helping to draft the standard by making proposals to improve it from within the committee.

As regards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the ISO 45001 Standard is present in goals 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 16, with number 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth, being the one that best matches this document.