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ISO 45001 Certification

Manage occupational health and safety (OH&S) risks to ensure stable operations

The Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management System Standard

ISO 45001 is the first international standard to provide a comprehensive OH&S management systems framework. The standard defines the requirements for an OH&S system and includes an implementation guide. The standard enables organizations to proactively address OH&S-related risks and opportunities, thereby improving the safety of internal and external personnel.

ISO 45001 was published in March 2018 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and it supersedes the OHSAS 18001 standard. As of March 2021, OHSAS 18001 certification is no longer valid.

Key Features of ISO 45001

  • The standard implements the ‘high level structure’, giving it a common framework with other management systems, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
  • It 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 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.
  • The standard 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.

Benefits of ISO 45001 Certification

A robust OH&S system represents an opportunity for organizations to proactively improve injury prevention and reduce ill health. An OH&S also supports the organization's longevity by bolstering business growth and competitiveness.

In addition, organizations have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure the health of their employees. Certification to ISO 45001 delivers a competitive advantage by formally clearing that your organization takes OH&S risk management seriously.

ISO 45001 Benefits

Third-Party Certification with TÜV SÜD

As an internationally accredited Certification Body, TÜV SÜD has the expertise to assess your organization against the ISO 45001 standard requirements. Before the certification audit can take place, the management system must be implemented, and its effectiveness documented against compliance requirements. We have experience with assisting organizations in both stages of the ISO 45001 certification process.

Steps to Certification

  1. Become familiar with ISO 45001 objectives

  2. Identify key gaps against requirements
  3. Outline and implement necessary measures
  4. Document effectiveness and compliance


  1. Stage 1: Evaluation of preparedness and documentation review audit
  2. Stage 2: On-site audit
  3. Correction of non-conformance issues
  4. Issuance of ISO 45001 certification
  5. Annual audit required to maintain certification validity


ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System

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