ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System OHSMS Certification India

ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System Certification

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

Improve the occupational health and safety (OH&S)


What is ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety (OH&S)?

ISO 45001:2018 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 45001:2018 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 ISO 45001:2018 certification and transition requirements.

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Business benefits of ISO 45001 OHSMS certification

To survive in today’s competitive global marketplace, organisations must proactively manage all types of risk to the business, including occupational health and safety. ISO 45001 Certification provides new impetus for occupational health and safety practices in organisations and helps improve safety for employees and contractors. This translates into additional opportunities for protecting and promoting worker’s health and performance and a sustainable improvement in employee satisfaction.

The benefits of ISO 45001 certification are:

1. Employee safety, risk reduction and injury prevention
2. Improve an organisation’s capability to respond to regulatory compliance issues
3. Reduce overall cost of health and safety-related incidents
4. Reduce the downtime and cost of disruption in operations
5. Lower the cost of insurance premiums
6. Ensure high employee attendance and loyalty
7. Achieve international recognition for health and operational safety

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Key features of the ISO 45001:2008 OH&S standard

Although ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety constitutes an entirely 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 45001:2018 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 45001:2018 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 45001:2018 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 ISO 45001:2018 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.


With an ISO 45001 Certification for Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OH&S), you can –

  1. Increase the resilience of the organisation with proactive risk prevention and control.
  2. Strengthen legal and regulatory compliance.
  3. Demonstrate brand responsibility towards a safe work environment.
  4. Associate with a single global occupational health and safety system.

How to get an ISO 45001 certification?

Once the management system has matured enough with proven outcomes, you can initiate the ISO 45001:2018 audit. But, before the ISO 45001 Certification process can commence, you need the commitment of the organisation’s top management followed by the steps mentioned below.

  1. Upskill – Become familiar with the objectives and requirements of the ISO 45001 standard.
  2. Gap analysis – Identify the gaps that the certification can fill up.
  3. Implementation – Outline and implement measures to comply with the ISO 45001 requirements.
  4. Documentation – Record the measures and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to document the effectiveness and compliance achieved with the ISO 45001 certification.

Third-party ISO 45001 OHSMS certification with TÜV SÜD in India

TÜV SÜD in India 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.

TÜV SÜD's ISO 45001 Certification Services in India have independent and qualified auditors who apply the following techniques during the certification process:

  • 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 Certification in India 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 are the benefits of achieving ISO 45001 certification?

    ISO 45001 benefits the company in terms of its occupational health & safety (OHS) preparations in the following ways –

    1. Increased protection of the workforce
    2. Enhanced competitiveness
    3. Reduced organisational risk
    4. Excellent market reputation
    5. Improved employee motivation


  • 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 in India 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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