ISO 45001 Certification
Occupational Health & Safety Management

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

ISO 45001 is the Standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S). If you want a solution to better manage health and safety risks, while reducing associated costs, you need a certified ISO 45001 management system. Between 2021 and 2022, 1123 workers were killed at work, an estimated 565,000 suffered non-fatal injuries and 17 million working days were lost due to work-related depression, or anxiety.


What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is the new international Standard for occupational health and safety management superseding 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.

The benefits of ISO 45001

Here are some benefits of using the ISO 45001 framework:

Here are the top 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 awareness of, and 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

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The requirements of ISO 45001

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. Planning – This 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 gain ISO 45001 certification?

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.

How have businesses benefited from ISO 45001?

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    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

    The service provided by QMS is of a very high standard, fully compliant with what is required by the standards set. Throughout the process, the management and support given was professional, timely and accurate.Thank you to [the Consultants] for the professionalism provided in gaining ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 for my company. Looking forward to the audits.

    Steve Jackson, Director, SFANE Limited

3 Steps to Certification

With our help, the certification process can take as little as 45 days to complete

Getting to grips with the gaps

We’ll spend some time with you carrying out a gap analysis to see how your current processes and procedures match up to the requirements of the ISO Standard. And we’ll collect details of the areas that already do so we can create your bespoke management system for you in our smart online hub, Atlas.

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Getting up to Standard

Now it’s time to make any changes. With handy reminders to help you keep on track of tasks and editable templates at your fingertips, you can make sure all the records you need are in place to achieve certification.

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Getting ISO certification

An ISO auditor will check you’ve addressed any gaps correctly and that you’re following the documented processes. Once everything is in place, you’ll be recommended for certification. Your new certificate and certification marks will be ready to download from Atlas.

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Your all-in-one management system solution

Formerly known as QMS Connect, Atlas ISO 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, Atlas keeps you in control. Accessible online via your computer, tablet or smartphone 24 hours a day, Atlas ISO helps you manage your ISO Management System in real-time.

Atlas 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.

ISO 45001 Resources

    Understanding ISO 45001

    Learn everything there is to know about the ISO 45001 Standard, from internal and external benefits through to understanding the structure of the system and what is means to implement it within your business.

    Guide to ISO certification

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

    Upgrading to ISO 45001:2018

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

    Beginner's Guide to ISO 45001

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

    Standard Overview: ISO 45001

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

    Introduction to ISO 45001 – understand the benefits and processes

    Checklist for ISO 45001:2018 implementation

    Understand what ISO 45001:2018 requires from your business

    Understand what ISO 45001 requires from your business

    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

    QMS International Company Profile

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

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