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ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System Certification

Improve the occupational health and safety (OH&S) of both employees and other personnel

What is ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety (OH&S)?

ISO 45001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for an Occupational Health and Safety Management System OHSMS, which is intended to improve the safety and health of both employees and other personnel.

Introduced in March 2018, ISO 45001 standard marks a significant step forward in the overall effort to improve occupational health and safety (OH&S) worldwide. Published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the standard enables organisations to proactively improve injury prevention and reduce ill-health, while protecting their longevity.

ISO 45001 supersedes previous occupational health and safety (OHS) standards, including OHSAS 18001. Organisations that currently hold OHSAS 18001 certification will need to transition to the ISO 45001 standard by March 2021. Download our complimentary whitepaper to learn more about the transition and certification requirements.

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benefits of an ISO 45001 OHSMS certification

To survive in today’s competitive global marketplace, organisations must proactively manage all types of risk to the business, and the issue of occupational health and safety is no exception. ISO 45001 will provide new impetus for occupational health and safety practices in organisations and will help improve safety for employees and contractors. This translates into additional opportunities for protecting and promoting worker’s health and performance, as well as a sustainable improvement of employee motivation.

ISO 45001 Benefits

Key features of the ISO 45001 OH&S standard

Although ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety constitutes a fully new standard, its foundations already exist and are formulated in OHSAS 18001. Companies that have already implemented an occupational health and safety management system OHSMS in accordance with OHSAS 18001, and actively apply it in everyday company practice, can expect a smooth transition to ISO 45001 certification.

Key improvements:

  • ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System implements the ‘high level structure’, giving it a common framework with other management systems, such as ISO 9001 Quality Management System and ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.
  • ISO 45001 OHSMS places great emphasis on the responsibility of senior management. This aspect has already been implemented in the revised ISO 9001 QMS and ISO 14001 EMS standards.
  • ISO 45001 OHSMS explicitly includes persons who are not permanently employed, but are in other ways working under the responsibility of the organisation/company, such as subcontractors, as well as processes that have been outsourced in their entirety. In this way it incorporates elements of the SCC certificate.
  • The standard also introduces the term “opportunities”, as a new aspect in the field of occupational health and safety OHS. This covers issues that go beyond the mere elimination or minimisation of OHS risks and hazards.

Learn more about the ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System OHSMS certification requirements on the ISO website.

Third-party ISO 45001 OHSMS certification with TÜV SÜD

TÜV SÜD is an internationally accredited certification body for a wide range of ISO standards, including ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System and we have extensive experience in auditing and certifying against ISO management systems.

During a certification process, TÜV SÜD independent and qualified auditors apply the following techniques:

  • Document review: evaluation of the organisation’s requirements and/ or documentation to ensure the systematic control of all processes relevant to ISO 45001 OH&S.
  • On-site-audit: verification, in the form of interviews and on-site inspection at the customer’s premises, that the requirements of ISO 45001 OHSMS are being implemented effectively. This includes checking processes based on records kept by the organisation, such as available measurement results, minutes of meetings, training and qualification records, complaints management and records, and the resulting improvement projects instigated by the organisation.

In addition to offering comprehensive evaluations and reports, we can provide you with our TÜV SÜD certification mark, which is globally recognised and synonymous with quality and safety.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

  • What is the difference between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001?

    The key difference between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 is the reactive and proactive approach taken by these standards. OHSAS 18001 focuses only on risks, not solutions, whereas ISO 45001 focuses on risks and proactive measures. The ISO 45001 Certification is designed to replace OHSAS 18001 by March 2021.

  • Is ISO 45001 mandatory?

    No, it is not required by law to implement ISO 45001, but it is an occupational health and safety audit that can help provide a structured framework for a safe and healthy workplace.

  • What is an ISO 45001 audit?

    It is an annual audit by an independent auditing firm to ensure that your organisation complies with the requirements of ISO 45001 standard.

  • What are the ISO 45001 requirements?

    ISO 45001 Certification specifies a protocol for occupational health and safety management (OHSMS) system. guides proactive control of worksite injuries and health issues. Some of the requirements are:

    1. Assessment of the organisation’s activities and requirements for ISO 45001 Certification.
    2. Participation of the leadership and workforce
    3. Planning for the implementation of an OH&S system
    4. Communication, competence, awareness, and documentation
    5. Operations
    6. Performance evaluation
    7. Improvement

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