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What is ISO 45003 - Health and Safety Management of Psychosocial Risk Recognition Audit?

ISO 45003 is a guidance framework, exploring how to recognise psychological hazards that can affect worker wellbeing, and actions that can be taken to manage them. 

It is written to complement and expand on ISO 45001, the internationally recognised standard for an Occupational Health & Safety Management System. As a ‘Child Standard' of ISO 45001, ISO 45003 is not a certifiable standard in its own right. Instead, it is designed to support employers spread the responsibility for employees’ wellbeing across the whole of your organisation, with all your wellbeing initiatives coming together to protect your people from mental as well as physical hazards. 

Who is it for?

ISO 45003 is suitable for any organisation that is seeking to adopt a contemporary framework for their occupational health and safety management system, and who may also require external certification to confirm alignment with the new standard. 

Why is it right for your organisation?

Supporting positive mental health within your organisation is an important aspect of keeping your employees safe at work. The importance has been brought into sharp focus with so many challenges to colleague resilience since the emergence of Covid-19. The guidance was published in 2021 and was developed by workplace health experts and is written to help employers recognise, support and manage the risk of psychological harm whilst promoting wellbeing in the workplace. 

Undertaking the ISO 45003 verification module will enable you to help: 

  • Build a more positive working environment 
  • Manage psychological health and safety to secure resilience and performance 
  • Reduce absence from work due to stress, anxiety and depression 
  • Acknowledge that workplace wellbeing matters and that you take it seriously 
  • Improve employee engagement and retention. 

Why choose us?

As a leading provider of health, safety and wellbeing support services British Safety Council is committed to supporting organisations with our team of dedicated and experienced auditors who have been actively involved developing a suite of products to assist employers embarking on psychosocial risk management. 

Assessment and support services

Our assessment and support service will help you to gain a better understanding of how well your psychosocial risk management processes are aligned to the requirements of both ISO 45001 and ISO 45003.  

The one-day add on assessment and subsequent report will provide observations of any areas in which you may need to improve in preparation for achieving ISO 45003 recognition. 


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What consultancy services do you offer?

Our health and safety and environmental consultancy services are based entirely on customer needs and involve one of our experts helping to support improvements in performance in general or more specific areas (for example: risk assessments, training needs analysis, legionella surveys, asbestos management, permit to work processes, strategic planning, culture surveys, etc.)

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What audits does the British Safety Council offer?

We currently offer a range of audit products and services including our best practice Five Star Wellbeing Audit, Five Star Occupational Health and Safety, Five Star Environmental and Five Star Integrated audits. We also offer certification audits to the ISO 14001 (2015) standards and the ISO 45001 standard (when issued). A bespoke sector-specific systems review service (safety and environmental) is also available and provides a baseline indication of how effectively your safety, health and/or environmental systems are being implemented across multiple sites or within specific departments.

ISO 45001 - What is it?

A new international health and safety standard management system standard that is expected to eventually replace BS OHSAS 18001. ISO 45001 reflects contemporary health and safety management requirements and is currently due to be published in late 2017.

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