What is ISO 45001?


ISO 45001 is the internationally recognised Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Management System Standard. It was introduced in March 2018 to replace, and expand upon, the guidelines in the OHSAS 180001 Standard.

The Standard sets out the requirements for an organisation wishing to ensure a safe and healthy workplace, and to prevent work-related accidents and ill-health. It also includes mechanisms that will enable an organisation to meet its Health & Safety obligations.


What is an ISO 45001 certification?

An ISO 45001 certification is an excellent way of demonstrating your commitment to the welfare of your employees, suppliers and customers. The independent assessment process verifies that your organisation has implemented a structured Occupational Health and Safety management system, increasing stakeholder confidence, enhancing your brand and giving you a competitive advantage.

Our experienced QMS consultants can guide you through the ISO 45001 implementation and certification process, producing an OH&S management system for you and conducting the independent assessment to verify that you have:

  • Implemented a robust OH&S management system
  • Conducted suitable planning and risk assessments
  • Provided adequate health and safety training for employees
  • Raised employee awareness of health and safety policies
  • Communicated the benefits of your OH&S management systems to stakeholders
  • Strengthened your ability to respond to emergency situations
  • Established performance monitoring and continual improvement processes.

What are the benefits of ISO 45001?

The benefits of ISO 45001 to your business can be substantial, from complying with changes in legislation to preventing accidents, cutting the cost of claims and protecting your employees. Implementing the standard’s compliant management system will quickly help you reduce risks to your organisation. It includes processes for identifying hazards and establishing emergency procedures.

Making your organisation a safer place to work is good for productivity because it leads to fewer disruptive incidents and it also helps to raise employee morale. While the flexible nature of the ISO 45001 Management System will help to ensure you can adapt to future changes in legislation.

In summary, ISO 45001 provides an enhanced and up-to-date approach to OH&S, addressing risks and opportunities in a more structured manner than previously recognised OH&S Management Systems such as OHSAS 18001.


Who can benefit from ISO 45001?

The ISO 45001 standard is suitable for any organisation looking to improve H&S risk management, drive productivity and protect its reputation. Whether you run a small business, a large PLC or a government organisation, ISO 45001 will make you more efficient by reducing absenteeism and accidents in the workplace.

Using an independent certification body like QMS to assist you with the implementation and certification of your ISO 45001 Management System will ensure you adopt the right processes from the outset and can obtain certification quickly, thanks to our 45 day certification process. 


Find out more about ISO 45001

At QMS, we spend less time creating complex document trails and more time building Management Systems that work for your business. Find out more about our ISO 45001 audit or contact us today to discuss your needs in confidence.

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