World Accreditation Day 2018 will be celebrated on 9 June. This year’s theme focuses on how accreditation delivers a safer world.
It is a global initiative, jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation.
World Accreditation Day 2018 : Delivering a safer world
Health and safety management at work is a vital consideration for governments, regulators and businesses across the world. All employees should be able to work in safe workplace environments, including safe products, transport, and food. The use of management systems to help reduce health & safety risks has recently expanded with the publication of the first ISO Health & Safety management system standard, ISO 45001, designed to improve organisations’ health & safety performance by recognising the risks and developing objectives, policies, processes and controls to minimise these risks.
World Accreditation Day 2018 provides an excellent opportunity to explore how accreditation can deliver a safer world and for businesses, government and regulators to find standards, conformity assessment and accreditation tools to help them in this goal.
Providing a safe working environment should not be seen as a regulatory burden, but as a way to:
- reduce costs
- lower employee absence and turnover rates
- suffer fewer accidents
- lessen the threat of legal action
- protect reputation for corporate responsibility among investors and customers
- increase productivity through a healthier and better motivated workforce
A brochure giving more details of how accreditation delivers a safer world is available for download here.
Major events, press and television coverage, workshops and seminars will also take place in conjunction with the celebration of World Accreditation Day in over 100 countries to raise awareness of the value that accreditation plays in supporting a safer world.
To help explain the use of accredited conformity assessment, the Public Sector Assurance website showcases different global examples where accreditation has been used to support occupational health and safety.
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