Leadership, commitment and active support from top management are critical for the success of the OH&S management system and for the achievement of its intended outcomes. A culture that supports an organisation’s OH&S management system is largely determined by top management and is the product of individual and group values, attitudes, managerial practices, perceptions, competencies and patterns of activities that determine the commitment to, and the style and proficiency of, its OH&S management system.
Understanding what is considered adequate evidence of top management involvement in demonstrating leadership and commitment with respect to ISO 45001 can often be quite perplexing. This article puts forward several practical ways of demonstrating top management involvement. Firstly, let’s define top management and identify their responsibilities.
Top management refers to a person or group of people who directs and controls an organisation at the highest level. In practical terms, top management can mean a small business owner, the executive board or, in a non-hierarchical structure, everyone involved in taking high-level decisions.
Top management shall demonstrate leadership and commitment with respect to the OH&S management system by: