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October 6, 2023

ISO 45001 Certification and seismic safety in the workplace

In the industrial construction landscape, prefabricated warehouses are a popular choice due to their cost-effectiveness and speed of construction. Nevertheless, structural safety is a crucial aspect to consider, especially in regions prone to seismic shocks.
In this context, ISO 45001 Certification becomes essential to guarantee the safety of workers and facilities.

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In Italy, as in many other seismic regions of the world, seismic safety of production buildings is a primary concern.
Many pre-fabricated warehouses built before 2008 are not in line with seismic resistance regulations.
Consequently, it is essential that seismic improvement interventions be implemented on these buildings to comply with current laws.

Legislation is complex and constantly evolving; the adoption of effective measures to promote workplace safety is essential.
Certification becomes a key tool to demonstrate the company’s and employer’s commitment to improving the health and safety of workers and other stakeholders.

The Solution: ISO 45001 Certification

The ISO 45001 Certification for health and safety in the workplace offers a structured approach to address the challenges of this issue.
It allows for keeping the risks associated with company activities under control, ensure compliance with current legislation and pursue a continuous improvement of performance in this area.
This process takes into account the operational context and the needs of stakeholders, including the workers themselves.

The process to obtain ISO 45001 Certification must include a thorough assessment of compliance with seismic safety regulations.
It is essential to detect non-conformities and define an action plan for the necessary seismic improvement interventions.

What is ISO 45001?

The ISO 45001 standard follows the High Level Structure (HLS) of Annex SL and aligns with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Standards, placing particular emphasis on risk management.
Compliance with this international standard ensures that an organization complies with the requirements for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, allowing for better risk control and continuous performance improvement, always considering the context and stakeholders involved.

ISO 45001 can be adopted by any organization, regardless of the sector of activity, and aims to systematise the control, awareness and management of risks related to health and safety in the workplace in all work situations, whether normal or extraordinary.​

Benefits and Incentives

Companies certified according to ISO 45001 enjoy considerable benefits.
This standard, even more than OHSAS 18001 from which it derives, is an effective tool to optimize the management of risks related to the health and safety of workers.
Context and risk analysis is a fundamental starting point, and already with OHSAS, INAIL has recorded a significant reduction in accidents in certified companies.

Furthermore, INAIL offers reductions on insurance premiums to companies that adopt ISO 45001, demonstrating a concrete commitment to protecting the health and safety of workers.
Certification can allow for receiving the highest score for a discount on insurance premiums.

L’INAIL also provides funding for projects to improve health and safety in the workplace, including the adoption of organizational models based on ISO 45001.

The seismic redevelopment of prefabricated warehouses is a complex, but crucial, challenge to ensure the safety of workers and protection of structures in the event of earthquakes.
ISO 45001 certification represents a coveted goal for companies, but it is a goal that can only be achieved through strict compliance with seismic safety regulations and a commitment to the constant improvement of occupational health and safety.

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