What is ISO 45001?

Find out more about what ISO 45001 is and how it can benefit you

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What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is the international Standard for Occupational Health & Safety Management. It offers a framework for organisations to follow should they wish to improve their OH&S performance.

Looking at the top management of an organisation, it helps businesses create a safe and healthy workplace for employees and visitors. This is achieved by controlling the various factors that might result in illness or injury, such as the physical, mental and cognitive condition of a person.

ISO 45001 also uses the Annex SL structure meaning it can be easily integrated with other ISO Standards such as ISO 9001:2015 (quality management) and ISO 14001:2015 (environmental management).

Discover more by watching the video below:

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What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is the internationally recognized standard for occupational health and safety management developed with the input of experts from over 70 countries it provides a framework for organizations to increase safety reduce workplace risks and enhance health and well-being at work when you consider that HSE recorded over 1.7 million workers suffered from a work-related illness and 441 000 sustained an injury at work in 2021 it’s easy to see why it’s important for your organization to provide safe and healthy working conditions that prevent workplace related injury and ill health.


What is the structure of ISO 45001?

the ISO 45001 Standard uses a structure of 10 Clauses which are built on the success of the earlier International standard such as OHSAS 18001 the international labour organization’s ILO OSH guidelines standards and other national standards.


What are the requirements of ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 requirements include:

  • Context of the organisation – Your occupational health and safety system needs to be relevant and practical for those involved so you’ll need to consider internal and external issues that affect your business. You will also need to know who will be affected by these issues. This could include people outside your organisation, like visitors and contractors.
  • Leadership and worker participation – This encourages both management commitment and involvement from employees.
  • Planning – This involves setting out a clear plan to identify evaluate and manage occupational health and safety risks.
  • Support – This means providing the tools and resources needed to implement run and maintain your occupational health and management system. This could include providing training to employees and providing PPE (personal protective equipment).
  • Operation – This refers to assessing procedures and taking note of legal obligations. Risk assessments can be a key part of this requirement.
  • Performance evaluation – it’s important to know if your occupational health and safety management system is working so you will need to Monitor and evaluate health and safety performance.
  • Improvement – this is a key requirement and shows you are continually improving and finding opportunities to make your occupational health and safety management system better


Who would benefit from ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is perfect for any organization large or small and in any industry that wants to improve work safety minimize occupational health and safety risks and promote a healthy workplace


What are the benefits of ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 certification include:

  • Reduction of workplace incidents
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Increase productivity
  • Reduced cost of insurance premiums
  • Legal and Regulatory Compliance
  • Greater employee morale

The creation of a health and safety culture in your business demonstrates your commitment to corporate responsibility and improves your reputation.


How long does it take to get ISO 45001 certified?

You could get certified in just 45 days with our award-winning hassle-free process.

Take a look at our ISO 45001 checklist to see how easy it would be for you to get certified today!


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