ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System

The first International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety management systems has been published to address the increasing number of work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths worldwide.

ISO 45001 provides a robust framework for managing OHS risks and opportunities, provide a safe and healthy workplace and protect your most important asset, your people, from physical and mental health.

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What are the Benefits of ISO 45001:2018?

Meet Compliance Requirements

A systematic approach to evaluating compliance requirements assures stakeholders of your commitment to workplace safety. The Standard provides a framework for understanding your organization’s requirements.

Demonstrate Your Commitment to OHS Improvement

Enhance your brand and demonstrate to customers, suppliers, staff and community your commitment to improving OHS performance. ISO 45001 emphasizes taking proactive steps to minimize safety risks.

Reduce Operational Downtime

Eliminate hazards and minimize OHS risks to protect the physical and mental health of your employees, reducing downtime and cost of operational disruptions. This will in-turn improve worker engagement, organizational reputation and business performance.

What Is It?

An OHS management system promotes a healthy working environment by providing a framework to identify, control and manage OHS risks and opportunities.

Adopting and implementing an effective OHS management system (OHSMS) addresses legal, ethical and industrial relations concerns regarding worker safety and employers’ duty of care. ISO 45001:2018 addresses these concerns.Implementing an OHSMS should reduce workplace injuries and minimize the associated costs.ISO 45001:2018 shares common management systems principles with other Standards such as ISO 14001 Environmental management systems and ISO 9001 Quality management systems.
Migrating from OHSAS 18001

All organizations currently certified to OHSAS 18001, have until 11 March 2021 to successfully migrate to ISO 45001, to retain certification.

You can migrate:

  • During your next surveillance audit
  • During your next recertification audit
  • At a special audit Learn how to migrate successfully here

ISO 45001:2018 specifies requirements for an OHSMS. It is applicable to any organization seeking to implement, maintain or improve an OHSMS; assure conformance with an existing OHSMS; demonstrate this conformance to third parties; seek certification or registration of its OHSMS; or self-declare its conformance.

Context of the Organization

The organization needs to understand its internal and external issues as well as its workers and interested parties expectations in order to implement an appropriate OHS management system that does not operate in isolation to the rest of the business.

Leadership and Worker Participation

Critical to the success of the OHS management system, top management are responsible and accountable for the prevention of work-related injury and ill health as well as establish, implement, maintain and improve the OHS policy. ISO 45001 enhances the consultation and participation of the organizations workers, seeking their views before making decisions regarding the management system.


The organization needs to plan for both risks and opportunities that could affect the performance of the OHS management system including OHS risks and opportunities and legal, regulatory or contractual requirements.


The organization must support the OHS management system with the necessary resources to establish, implement, maintain, and continually improve. This support includes human resources, natural resources, infrastructure and financial resources.


The organization must plan, implement, control and maintain the processes needed to meet the OHS management systems requirements. This includes any temporary or permanent planned changes that could impact the OHS performance, as well as the procurement of products, services and contractors.

Performance Evaluation
The organization needs to regularly monitor, measure, analyse and evaluate the performance of the OHS management system through a process approach. This includes the use of internal audits and management reviews.

In order to remain competitive, the organization must commit to continually improving the OHS management system. It should improve the suitability, adequacy and effectiveness by promoting a culture that supports the management system.

Next Steps

We can help your organization with your ISO 45001 certification requirements.

  • Contact SAI Global to discuss requirements, timeframes and costs
  • Perform an optional pre-assessment
  • Perform a gap analysis
  • Undertake a Stage 1 audit
  • Complete a detailed Stage 2 audit
  • Upon successful certification, display the ‘Five Ticks’ StandardsMark™
  • Conduct annual Surveillance Audits
  • Recertify to ISO 45001 every three years
  • Establish a continual improvement culture
  • Market for brand and promotional benefits
  • Optimize commercial teams
  • Ensure shareholder and stakeholder awareness

Evaluate Your Readiness to ISO 45001:2018

This Gap Analysis toolkit will help you evaluate the compliance of your existing OHSMS to ISO 45001:2018.

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