ISO45001 Consultants are subject matter experts both on the steps that organizations take to improve their health and safety performance, and on health and safety management standards. That means they know how to identify hazards and risks associated with how businesses work, how they can best be evaluated and prioritized with actions to resolve, and the management systems that allow them to control and reduce these risks.
They are also subject matter experts with qualifications in health and safety, understand health and safety legislation, and help organizations to identify and retain evidence of compliance with all applicable health and safety legislation relevant to their operation. They also understand fully what it takes to achieve ISO45001:2018 Certification.
They have gained experience across a number of business areas through many years working at the coal face, helping to reduce the costs associated with health and safety based on the accidents, incidents and risk profile. They can therefore quickly identify focus areas for organizations, that will both help them reduce their accidents, achieve ISO45001, and develop programs for continued and ongoing culture of health and safety improvement. Good consultants understand and can articulate the link between health and safety and business growth, and the importance of measuring health and safety performance.
The expert knowledge required to reduce health and safety costs and implement ISO45001 could be attained by internal staff. However, the cost to achieve the same competence level as an external consultant is considered prohibitive by most organizations, given that the implementation project is always going to be short-term. Organizations therefore make the decision to use external consultants.
There are other additional benefits from the use of an external ISO45001 Consultant that organizations do not always consider at the outset. These include the knowledge of what would be acceptable to certification bodies, the benchmarking that the consultant brings to the organization, where the organization learns Best Practice from others that the consultant has seen. There are also potential networking opportunities and contacts that the consultant may have.
Many organizations also retain the services of the ISO45001 Consultant post certification, due to their knowledge of the organization and the implemented systems, to assist with maintaining the health and safety management systems on an ongoing basis. This utilises the knowledge the consultant has built-up through the course of the project, reduces spend on internal resource, and ensures ongoing recertification.