ISO introduces world’s first OHS international standard

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The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has introduced the ISO 45001 certification, which aims to improve employee safety, minimise workplace risks and create better, safer working environments.

The new standards establish minimum requirements for FM practice, while raising the sector profile in the marketplace, said The Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA).

Facility management company Sodexo is one of the first organisations to receive the ISO 45001 certification in Australia.

Its sites – including those in the mining sector – were audited throughout New South Wales and Western Australia for three weeks.

Sodexo Australia country president Mark Chalmers said, “This certification … plays a vital role in demonstrating Sodexo’s ability to control processes and ensure services are delivered to our clients in a safe, sustainable and quality manner.

“What’s also exciting for Sodexo Australia is that this certification supports our Better Tomorrow 2025 corporate responsibility road map, which is our commitment to ensuring our workplace environments remain safe and our services remain sustainable.”

Better Tomorrow 2025 corporate responsibility is designed to improve the quality of life of Sodexo’s employees, extend healthy lifestyle choices to its customers and fight hunger and malnutrition as a corporate citizen.