ISO 45001

Occupational Health & Safety Management

Improve occupational health & safety performance, reduce work related accidents and protect your reputation

Between 2015 and 2016, 144 workers were killed at work and an estimated 621,000 workers suffered non-fatal injuries due to work activity. The ISO 45001 Standard provides organisations with a solution to better manage health and safety risks, while reducing associated costs.

Why should I apply for ISO 45001 certification?

ISO 45001 is the new international standard for occupational health and safety management replacing the OHSAS 18001 standard. The standard reduces workplace risks to improve employee safety.

Gaining the ISO 45001 certification allows you to demonstrate that your business operates a best-practice Occupational Health and Safety Management System – reducing the likelihood of accidents and breaches of legislation, as well as improving your organisation’s overall performance.

This standard surpasses many existing health and safety standards because it has been developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts. It takes into account other international standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO’s international labour standards and conventions. This makes it one of the most valuable Health and Safety Management Systems available to date.

Here are some benefits of using the ISO 45001 framework: 

  1. Establish controls to ensure legal compliance – ISO 45001 can help you to establish operational controls which take into account risks and opportunities, as well as legal and other requirements
  2. Increase Health and Safety Awareness – the management system helps organisations to increase employee awareness of Occupational Health and Safety risks, ensuring workers take an active role in health and safety matters
  3. Enhance your Reputation –  Achieving certification to this standard is recognition that you have achieved an international benchmark, getting you noticed by customers who are concerned about their social responsibilities
  4. Reduce Absenteeism – by better managing H&S risks in the workplace you will be able to protect employees, reducing absenteeism and turnover rates
  5. Reduce Insurance Premiums – By demonstrating that you have an effective occupational health and safety management system in place, many businesses can go on to benefit from reduced insurance premiums
  6. Improve Management of H&S Compliance Issues – ISO 45001 helps to improve your ability to respond to regulatory compliance issues, reducing the overall costs of incidents and downtime
  7. Better Manage Health and Safety Risks – the standard will help you to determine hazards and the health and safety risks associated with your activities; seeking to either eliminate them or put controls in place to minimise their effects

How businesses have benefitted from Standards

Client Testimonials of QMS and the ISO Certification Process

    Had two consultations; ISO 27001 and ISO 45001 - I found both consultations to be insightful, educational, and also inspirational. We have vastly improved the way we do things as a result from both consultants being so helpful in leading us towards to positive changes, and continual improvement.
    Dominique Brown, Health & Safety and Compliance Manager. H Brown & Son (Recycling) Limited

    5th February

    ISO 45001

    QMS have been instrumental in helping us through the process of not only achieving but also maintaining our ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards. We will have no hesitation in using their services to help us achieve ISO 45001:2018 going forward and the customer support and audit team have been equally helpful and easy to deal with.
    Michael Hayward, SHEQ Manager. Greenbank Compactors LLP

    13th December

    ISO 45001

How to get ISO 45001

Gaining an ISO 45001 certification can be very straightforward, thanks to our simple 3-stage certification process. Our consultants will work with you and your business to ensure the process is as simple and hassle-free as possible. They will highlight any areas for improvement and assist you in closing any gaps that may exist between your systems and the requirements of the Standard.

Our team of friendly, experienced consultants ensure you are supported at every step of the process, providing you with helpful templates and creating your documented management system for you, saving you a great deal of time and money.

Once you have achieved certification, one of our accredited auditors will visit you each year, around the anniversary of your certification date, to make sure your business stays on track and to confirm your continued compliance with the Standard.

Once you have achieved certification the certification cycle will commence. This is made up of surveillance and re-certification audits, one of which must take place each year, around the anniversary of your certification. These visits confirm your continued compliance with the Standard and verify the validity of your certification.

Maintaining your ISO Management System

QMS Connect delivers all the tools you need to achieve and maintain ISO compliance.

With simple navigation, real-time reporting and the ability to modify and update content on the go, QMS Connect keeps you in control. Accessible online via your computer, tablet or smartphone 24 hours a day, QMS Connect helps you manage your ISO Management System in real-time.

QMS Connect helps engage your teams, so that you can capture data that will drive business decisions – increasing repeat business, reducing customer complaints and ultimately saving you both time and money.

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Download these helpful documents:

    Guide to ISO certification

    Why you should choose QMS to assist your business with ISO certification

    Published 12/2018

    General downloads

    Upgrading to ISO 45001:2018

    Transitioning your Management System from OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001:2018

    Published 02/2019

    ISO 45001 downloads

    Beginner's Guide to ISO 45001

    Occupational Health & Safety Management System requirements explained for every day users

    Published 02/2019

    ISO 45001 downloads

    Standard Overview: ISO 45001

    Introduction to ISO 45001 - understand the benefits and processes

    Published 12/2018

    ISO 45001 downloads

    Checklist for ISO 45001:2018 implementation

    Understand what ISO 45001 requires from your business

    Published 12/2018

    ISO 45001 downloads

    Top 10 Non-conformities for ISO 45001

    Areas to focus on in order to prevent non-conformities

    Published 01/2019

    ISO 45001 downloads

    QMS International Company Profile

    Find out about QMS, our achievements and some of our clients

    Published 02/2019

    General downloads

How much does an ISO 45001 cost?

QMS provides a route to ISO 45001 certification that doesn’t break the bank.

The cost of certification can vary, depending on several factors, including your sector, number of offices, annual turnover, total staff, and whether you require ASCB or UKAS accredited certification.

Because we focus on making certification simple and straightforward, we spend less time embedding complex document trails and more time building a system that works with your business.

To find out how little an ISO 45001 certification could cost you, you can use our Fee Calculator below to receive an instant quote via email.

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How long will it take to get ISO 45001?

From the first visit, right through to certification the process can be as quick as 30 days, although this can depend on the size and complexity of your business.

We usually spend between 1-3 days with you initially, gathering evidence of your existing processes and procedures and drafting the Occupational Health & Safety Management System which consolidates all of your documented information, this generally saves time in the process and ensures you achieve certification faster.

Once this is done, we typically recommend you use the following 2-3 weeks to make any necessary changes that would have been discussed during the initial visit, before our return visit. The return visit can range from a few hours to a full day, per site,  depending on your circumstance and allows us to check that everything is correctly in place before awarding your certification.

After Certification, we will visit you once a year to conduct an audit, this  takes between 0.5-1.0 day to complete, per site, for most organisations.

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