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ISO 45001 Certification & Auditing

Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Management Certification

improve the safety & health of employees With ISO 45001 Certification

ISO 45001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, which is intended to improve the safety and health of both employees and other personnel. Introduced in March 2018, ISO 45001 marks a significant step forward in the overall effort to improve occupational health and safety (OHS) worldwide. Published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ISO 45001 enables organizations to proactively improve injury prevention and reduce ill-health, while protecting their longevity.

ISO 45001 supersedes previous occupational health and safety standards, including OHSAS 18001. Organizations that currently hold OHSAS 18001 Certification will need to have transitioned to the ISO 45001 standard by end of March 2021. Companies that have already implemented OHSAS 18001, and actively apply it in everyday company practice, can expect a smooth transition to ISO 45001.

Key improvements:

  • ISO 45001 implements the ‘high level structure’, giving it a common framework with other management systems, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
  • ISO 45001 places great emphasis on the responsibility of senior management. This aspect has already been implemented in the revised ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards.
  • ISO 45001 explicitly includes persons who are not permanently employed, but are in other ways working under the responsibility of the organization/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.
  • ISO 45001 also introduces the term “opportunities”, as a new aspect in the field of occupational health and safety. This covers issues that go beyond the mere elimination or minimization of OHS risks and hazards.

The standard focuses on

  • The context of the organization
  • Responsibility and accountability of management
  • Health and safety of employees as well as external persons
  • The importance of a company-wide safety culture
  • A defined hierarchy of control
  • Continual improvement

Learn more about the ISO 45001 requirements on the ISO website.

benefits of this Certification

ISO 45001 is designed to place a proactive and preventative emphasis on risk control factors by identifying and assessing the likelihood of hazards in the workplace. It can be implemented by any size of organization in any industry, and can be integrated into other health and safety programs.Conformance to ISO 45001 safeguards an organization’s stakeholders, such as employees and customers, from as many risks in the working environment as possible. ISO 45001 certification formalizes and documents a comprehensive and effectively implemented system, to prove that an organization has taken appropriate measures to mitigate hazardous situations.

ISO 45001 certification will provide new impetus for occupational health and safety practices in organizations 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 certification demonstrates a strategic commitment to continuous improvement of OH&S, improving staff morale, minimizing costs and strengthening market reputation. Third-party ISO 45001 certification against the requirements of the standard, is a strong signal to both your internal and external stakeholders that your organization is committed to safe and secure business operations.

The Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle is outlined and will help organizations to continually improve performance, as it can be applied to individual processes and to the OH&S management system as a whole.

ISO 45001 Certification Benefits


Our Services

TÜV SÜD is an internationally accredited certification body for a wide range of ISO standards, including ISO 45001 and we have extensive experience in auditing and certifying against ISO management systems. During a certification process, TÜV SÜD’s independent and qualified auditors apply the following techniques:

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

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

Resources about ISO 45001 Certification

ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System

Integrating ISO 45001 Into Your Management Systems

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ISO 45001 white paper
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Differences Between ISO 45001 & OHSAS 18001

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ISO 45001 Safety Management

Implementing ISO 45001

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