Ahlstrom-Munksjö is certifying its plants with the new occupational health and safety standard ISO 45001.

The new standard, published in March 2018 provides a framework that allows organizations to identify and reduce their risks related to occupational health and safety, reduce potential for workplace accidents and illnesses and improve legislative compliance.

Out of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s 45 plants globally, eight have so far been ISO45001:2018 certified. The target is that all Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s plants will be certified with the standard at the latest in 2021.

“A strong global safety culture increases the health and safety accountability for all coworkers, contractors and visitors. We are committed to apply the best practices within occupational health and safety and I am very happy to see this latest achievement,” said Dan Adrianzon, Executive Vice President, People & Safety at Ahlstrom-Munksjö.

“This new international, dynamic and process based safety management standard considers risks and opportunities rather than risks only and at the same time it requires that the views of our stakeholders are considered,” said Rune Årnes, vice president Health & Safety at Ahlstrom-Munksjö. “This is fully in line with our preventative health and safety strategy. This standard takes our plants to a new level, and also increases efficiency, as it’s based on the other ISO management system standards.”

The new standard replaces the previous OHSAS 18001:2007 standard. Currently 25 of Ahlstrom-Munksjö`s plants are OHSAS18001:2007 certified.