CHAPTER 2: CONTEXT OF THE ORGANISATION

2.1 Understanding the organisation and its context (ISO 45001:2018, Clause 4.1)

ISO 45001:2018 clearly recognises that no organisation is an island unto itself. Every organisation has its unique circumstances, conditions, characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. It is therefore important for an organisation to take a holistic view and identify those specific internal and external factors that have the ability to affect the outcomes of its OHSMS in any manner, positive or negative.

Examples of external factors that can affect the outcome of an organisation’s OHSMS:

Social and community factors, such as a negative or positive perception of health and safety issues relating to an organisation’s products ...

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