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National Training And Productivity Centre Launches New OHS Standard

National Training And Productivity Centre Launches New OHS Standard
New Zealand based consultant Michael Voss (standing) speaking to participants of the the ISO 45001 OHS management systems.
July 13
11:31 2018

A new international standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) has been explained in Fiji.

The ISO 45001 OHS management systems training was launched in Suva by the Fiji National University’s (FNU) National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC).

This training programme is designed to help organisations understand the requirements of ISO45001:2018 OHS Management System and its implementation.

Thirty three participants from 15 organisations around the country attended the two-day workshop which ended at the Derrick Campus, Samabula.

New Zealand-based consultant Michael Voss said organisations who were part of the training would be at an advantage to understand the current OHS practice and how to meet the requirements of this ISO 45001 standard.

Mr Voss said: “We have had a lot of standards from different countries, but this is the first time we have a truly international standard that is actually recognised by so many countries in the world.

“Its good for business and organisations when they know they have got a healthy workforce they can work productively.

“The best thing about this ISO 45001 standards is that it’s only for OHS management systems.

“It is important that we have international recognised standards working in your country.”

In March this year (2018) the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), had published its global standard on OHS, ISO45001. Director NTPC, Isimeli Tagicakiverata said the programme was beneficial to organisations currently operating on customised OHSMS but wish to become fully ISO45001:2018 certified.

Mr Tagicakiverata said since organisations were responsible for the health and safety of its workers including the promotion and protection of their physical and psychological health, the adoption of an OHS management system would be a strategic decision for organisation’s to help improve its OHS performance.

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