Countries with a well established driver’s license system tend to have lower road accident tolls, comparably to those with far less stringent systems, or without one in place at all. Having a driver’s license system in place will ensure that individuals have met certain criteria, qualifications or standards before being able to operate a vehicle on the road. Such criteria in this instance includes, passing a driving test, assessing an individual’s knowledge of traffic laws, their understanding of road safety as well as their physical ability to operate a vehicle.
In contrast, in countries without strict enforcement of traffic laws, drivers may not have the skills and knowledge to safely operate a vehicle and may be less likely to follow the rules of the road. For example, the African nation of Zimbabwe, with far less stringent systems in place, has a road mortality rate of 63.47 per capita, compared to Australia’s 4.46.
A driver’s license to an individual is much like an ISO certification is to a company, in this case specifically an AS/NZS 4801 (ISO 45001:2018) (Occupational Health & Safety) certification. In order to obtain a driver’s license, an individual must meet certain qualifications and standards, governed by a monopolistic body. Having such enforcement in place creates a culture of safety on the roads and instils confidence in society. Similarly, ISO 45001:2018 ensures that a company has met certain international safety standards and criteria in their field of operation, ensuring business operations coincide with safety management policies. Much like a driver’s license instils a culture of safety for individuals on the roads, an ISO 45001:2018 too will create a culture of safety in your organization.
Safety policies and procedures aren’t the only contributing factors when it comes to deaths on the road. Factors such as road conditions, vehicle quality and access to emergency response teams, also play a vital role in road mortality rates. With well constructed road infrastructure, governed by a standardised level of quality assurance, a decline in these mortality rates will undoubtedly eventuate. In fact, in Australia, rural roads have been identified as particularly dangerous, with far lower quality standards than in urban areas. The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), stated: “Rural roads [in Australia] are often loose, unsealed, potholed, and poorly engineered, with inadequate lighting and few safety barriers.” Similar to infrastructure, a vehicle must meet certain standards and requirements for safety, performance, and durability to be deemed roadworthy.
Just as solid road infrastructure and vehicle quality provides a foundation for a safe and efficient transportation network, an ISO 9001 certification provides a framework for achieving consistent and high-quality products and services. Both are essential for achieving success in their respective fields, and both require ongoing maintenance and improvement to ensure they remain effective. Additionally, all aspects must be constantly updated to meet the new technologies, requirements and regulations of their respective industries.
At Kynection, our ISO specialists collect data to improve the operational structure of your business via performance management. They will provide regular consultations, guidance, advice and recommend necessary changes, ensuring you maintain your certification, while seeing continuous improvements of system procedures and workflows. Let us help your company gain ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 certification and put you well on the path towards achieving safety and quality assurance.
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