ISO 45001 Certification

Occupational Health & Safety Management

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

Between 2018 and 2019, 147 workers were killed at work and an estimated 0.6 million workers suffered non-fatal injuries due to work activity. The ISO 45001 Standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) provides organisations with a solution to better manage health and safety risks, while reducing associated costs.

What is ISO 45001?

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.

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The Benefits of ISO 45001

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 OH&S 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 much does 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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ISO 45001 Requirements

The ISO 45001 standard uses a structure of ten clauses called Annex SL. In order to successfully achieve ISO 45001 certification, you will need to consider the following requirements:

  1. Context of the Organisation - The context of the organisation refers to internal and external factors that affect your business. In order for your OH&S management system to be relevant and practical for the people responsible, these internal and external factors need to be determined. To meet this requirement, you will also need to know who will be affected by these issues and how. This includes visitors and sub-contractors.
  2. Leadership - To work towards OH&S objectives in a practical way, you will need to communicate roles and responsibilities clearly. Your leadership team needs to assume responsibility for the OH&S management system and ensure your staff have the tools and resources they need to run it successfully.
  3. PlanningThis requirement highlights your business’ need to adapt and react to changes. To do so, you will need to set out a clear plan for spotting, evaluating and managing OH&S risks. You will also need to demonstrate how this will be communicated to key personnel and how you will manage the relevant documentation.
  4. Support - To meet this requirement, you will need to provide the tools and resources needed to implement, run and maintain your OH&S management system. This could include providing training to key staff, buying personal protective equipment (PPE) and clearly communicating your goals. 
  5. Operation - This requirement prompts you to assess existing procedures and take note of legal obligations. Once you have the knowledge, you will need to plan how to identify and respond to emergencies, risks and opportunities. Regular, formal risk assessments can be a key part of this requirement
  6. Performance Evaluation - To know if you are performing well, you will need to monitor and evaluate your occupational health & safety performance by creating criteria for measuring it. This evidence will then show that your OH&S management system is working.
  7. Improvement - Continual improvement is a key requirement of this Standard. This shows that you have an eye on the future and are always in pursuit of a better performance. This can be achieved through regular monitoring and evaluation as well as appropriate corrective actions.

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How can QMS help your Business?

The QMS process gets your business certified for success:


Our nationwide team of consultants and auditors has provided certifications to clients ranging from SMEs to blue chip organisations across a broad spectrum of verticals and industries.


Our processes add value at every stage, without taking up unwarranted management time. We commit to providing you with the best possible value for money – including a price promise from the outset, along with the ability to stagger payments at no extra cost.


We remove the red tape and paperwork for you, making the process as smooth and uncomplicated as possible, and ensuring you get the framework that works for you.

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How have businesses benefited from ISO 45001?

Client Testimonials of QMS and the ISO Certification Process

    ISO 45001 Audit - Stress Free Process

    It was our pleasure to once again welcome QMS and in particular the [Auditor] who undertake our ISO 45001 audit. The approach to auditing taken by QMS has allowed us as a Company to openly feel that we can seek advice on the process as well as understand we have been audited. I would recommend QMS as a Company that nurtures you through the process with professional support at all times. Thank you.
    John Hood, Managing Director. IMT Medical Transport Limited

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    Helpful, will improve the business operation.

    Both [Consultants] have been very helpful throughout the whole process and have explained everything fully and answered any questions I had in relation to ISO 45001.
    Patrick Long, H&S Manager. North West Private Ambulance Liason Services Limited

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ISO 45001 Certification Process

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.

Your all-in-one Management System Solution

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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ISO 45001 Resources

    Guide to ISO certification

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

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    Upgrading to ISO 45001:2018

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

    ISO 45001 downloads

    Beginner's Guide to ISO 45001

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

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    Standard Overview: ISO 45001

    Overview of the ISO 45001 Occupational health & Safety Management System Standard

    Introduction to ISO 45001 - understand the benefits and processes

    ISO 45001 downloads

    Checklist for ISO 45001:2018 implementation

    Understand what ISO 45001:2018 requires from your business

    Understand what ISO 45001 requires from your business

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    Top 10 Non-conformities for ISO 45001

    Areas to focus on in order to prevent non-conformities

    Areas to focus on in order to prevent non-conformities

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    QMS International Company Profile

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

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