Implementation of ISO45001 considering strengthened demands for OHSMS in South Korea: based on comparing surveys conducted in 2004 and 2018

Source avec lien : Safety and Health at Work, (Prépublication), 2020-09-11. 10.1016/

Selon des études précédentes, le taux d’accidents du travail a diminué en Corée après l’introduction de systèmes de gestion de la santé et de la sécurité au travail (SGSST). En 2018, le SGSST est devenu une norme internationale, avec l’annonce de la norme IS 45001. Une enquête a été menée afin d’étudier l’état d’avancement de la mise en œuvre du SGSST et l’évolution de la perception des gens, et les résultats ont été comparés à ceux d’une enquête précédente.

Background According to the previous studies, the work-related accident rate decreased in Korea after the introduction of occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS). But there were several disasters in Korea like subway worker’s death at Guui station in 2016 and the Taean thermal power plant accident in 2018, which escalated the social demand for safety. In 2018, OHSMS became an international standard, as ISO45001 was announced. Methods A survey was conducted to research the implementation status of OHSMS and changes in people’s perception, and the results were compared with those of a past survey. Results Enhanced social demand and various stakeholders’ (not only buyer) needs, and social responsibility are perceived as the motivation for the introduction of OHSMS rather than legal compliance or customer demand. In the questionnaire about problems with the implementation of OHSMS, the factors with higher response rate in 2018 than 2004 were “Excessive cost” and “Complicated documentation management.” In the questionnaire about how to promote OHSMS in organizations, most people answered “reduction of workers’ compensation insurance rate” in 2004, but the most people answered “exemption from health and safety supervision” in 2018. Conclusion For the effective implementation of ISO45001, emphasis is placed on social demand, training to recognize health and safety as a part of management, and the reduction of certification and consulting costs to promote the introduction of OHSMS. Incentives such as insurance premium cuts and exemptions from health and safety supervision are needed.

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