Health and Safety Management

ISO 45003

ISO 45003:2021 is the first international standard to give guidance on managing psychosocial health and safety risks in the workplace.

ISO 45003: Psychological Health and Safety at Work

What is ISO 45003?

ISO 45003 provides guidelines for identifying and managing psychosocial risk within an Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management System. It adds to what is already covered within ISO 45001:2018, which is designed to prevent work-related injury and ill health and to provide safe working environments and to promote well-being at work.  

Developed by the International Organisation of Standardization, organizations can now identify the conditions, circumstances and workplace demands that may have the potential to negatively impact the psychological health and well-being of its employees.

The guidelines set out to provide employers support on how to manage and reduce psychosocial risk in the workplace and make changes to offer continual improvement.

The guidance addresses areas that can impact a worker’s psychological health, including poor communication, extreme pressure, poor management and a negative organizational culture.

The Standard also covers areas such as how to identify and control the conditions and hazards that have the potential to impact workers and how to determine what changes need to be made to improve the working environment by using an Occupational Health and Safety Management System with a focus on well-being.



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Helps you with

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

Benefits of Health & Safety Certification

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Reduced operating costs

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

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Improved stakeholder relationships

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

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Legal compliance

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

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Improved risk management

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

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Proven business credentials

Independent verification against a globally recognised industry standard speaks volumes.

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Customer satisfaction and safety

Meet customer requirements consistently whilst safeguarding their health and property.

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Win more business with SSIP

This occupational health and safety standard is recognized by Safety Schemes In Procurement (SSIP) within the construction industry.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

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

Is ISO 45003 certification right for me?

ISO 45003 has been designed to help organizations using an Occupational Health and Safety Management System based on ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety.

It is applicable to organizations of all sizes and in all industries, for the introduction, implementation, maintenance and continual improvement of safe, healthy and motivated workplaces.

Why become ISO 45003 certified?

Supporting wellbeing and mental health within your organization has never been more important.

As well as helping you to shape a positive work environment, the ISO 45001 / 3 framework, for managing psychological health and safety can help to improve your organizational resilience and enhance engagement, overall staff performance and productivity.

It is designed to work within the ISO 45001 framework using the existing structure and enhanced focus.

Other benefits include:

  • Improved recruitment and staff retention

  • Improved worker engagement and interactivity

  • Boosts innovation and adaptability

  • Reduction in staff absences due to workplace stress, burnout, and mental health illnesses.

  • Improvements in overall worker wellbeing and work life balance.

  • Improved organisational sustainability and resilience.

  • Both the organization and workers have a shared responsibility for maintaining and improving health, safety and well-being at work.

Steps to Certification

  1. Step 1

    Complete a Quote Request Form so we can understand you and your business. We will then use this to personally prepare a proposal for your certification and define what is known as your 'scope of assessment'.

  2. Step 2

    We will then contact you to book your assessment with an NQA assessor. It 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 operational for a minimum of three months and has been subject to a management review and a full cycle of internal audits.

  3. Step 3

    Following a successful stage two audit, a decision is made. If positive, your certification will be issued by NQA, with both a hard and soft copy of the certificate awarded. Certification is valid for three years and maintained through surveillance audits (years one and two) and a recertification audit in year three.

See more details

H&S Toolkit

ISO 45001 FAQs

Integrated Quote Request Form

ISO 45001 Migration Timeline

ISO 45001:2018 Migration Video

ISO 45001 Migration Gap Guide

ISO 45001 Implementation Guide

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Annex SL Comparison Tool

Gap Analysis

GDS Technologies Case Study

Shredall Case Study

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