Health and Safety Management

ISO 45001

ISO 45001:2018 is one of the International Standards for Occupational Health and Safety.

What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001:2018 is the replacement to OHSAS 18001 and is the international ISO standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS).

Not only has the standard supersede OHSAS 18001, it makes integration with other management systems simpler than ever before; because it shares the new common structure defined by Annex SL, it is directly aligned with the 2015 versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. 

You can find more information about this standard and the differences to OHSAS 18001 here in the NQA ISO 45001 Gap Guide below. Please note: Existing NQA OHSAS 18001 clients please can get migration support and can download the gap analysis document that must be completed prior to a migration audit.

Helps you with

  • Worker Safety
  • Risk Management
  • Risk Reduction
  • Injury Prevention
  • Enhanced Occupational Health Measures
  • Statutory Identification and Compliance Evaluation
  • Improve Productivity
  • Enhance Organizational Safety Culture

Benefits of Health & Safety Certification

Reduced operating costs

Less down-time due to incidents and ill health and lower costs from legal fees and compensation means money saved.

Improved stakeholder relationships

Make the health and property of staff, customers and suppliers more of a priority and people will respond.

Legal compliance

Understand how statutory and regulatory requirements impact your organization and its customers.

Improved risk management

Identify potential incidents and implement controls and measures to keep risk as low as possible, protecting employees and customers from harm.

Proven business credentials

Independent verification against a globally recognized industry standard speaks volumes.

Customer satisfaction and safety

Meet customer requirements consistently whilst safeguarding their health and property.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Implementation of a structured management system can aid demonstration of CSR and organizational culture.

Is ISO 45001 right for me?

If you have certification to OHSAS 18001 you will need to migrate to ISO 45001 to maintain the validity of certification. There is the normal 3 year migration period so there is still time to plan your move over to ISO 45001.

ISO 45001 is right if you and your organization need to demonstrate a commitment in managing the safety of workers and interested parties. If you have already implemented a quality or environmental management sytem aligned with the new Annex SL structure ISO 45001 can be integrated smoothly. Organizations that implement ISO 45001 need:

  • a clear management structure with defined authority and responsibility

  • defined objectives for improvement, with measurable results

  • a structured approach to risk assessment and reduction

Health & safety management failures, performance and the review of policies and objectives should be regularly monitored to ensure improvements and business benefits are realised and prioritised accordingly.

ISO 45001 terminology and definitions

In ISO 45001 certain terms have been defined for clarification, these include ‘Risk’, ‘The Worker’, 'The Workplace' and ‘Hazard Identification’.

Risk. A universal definition of the term ‘Risk’ is clarified in ISO 45001 as the meaning of this varies in some countries. The issue of hazard identification is that it is currently very manufacturing, and hardware orientated, when more and more of us are working in services. 

The term ‘Hazard Identification’ is covered by the terms ‘risk identification and ‘risk control’ to ensure we encompass all potential hazards applicable to all industries and sectors.

The Worker. There are differences in the definition of this term and various legal constraints around this term in different countries – in the context of ISO 45001, ‘The Worker’ is defined as the person performing work or work-related activities that are under the control of the organization.

Workplace. This is now defined as the place under the control of the organization where a person needs to be or to go for work purposes.



Steps to Certification

  1. Step 1

    Complete a Quote Request Form so that we can understand your company and requirements. You can do this by completing either the online quick quote or the online formal quote request form. We will use this information to accurately define your scope of assessment and provide you with a proposal for certification.

  2. Step 2

    Once you’ve agreed your proposal, we will contact you to book your assessment with an NQA Assessor. This assessment consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit. Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that your management system has been fully operational for a minimum of three months and has been subject to a management review and full cycle of internal audits.

  3. Step 3

    Following a successful two stage audit, a certification decision is made and if positive, then certification to the required standard is issued by NQA. You will receive both a hard and soft copy of the certificate. Certification is valid for three years and is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.

See more details

H&S Toolkit

ISO 45001 FAQs

ISO 45001 Migration Timeline

ISO 45001:2018 Migration Video

ISO 45001 Implementation Guide

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