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- ISO 45001

Overview of ISO 45001

Organizations can better address Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) concerns in a more orderly and consistent manner with the implementation of an OH&S management system. The ISO 45001 provides a framework for managing OH&S risks and opportunities. The intended outcomes of the OH&S management system are to prevent work-related injury and ill health to workers and to provide safe and healthy workplaces.

ISO 45001 is released on 12 March 2018 and it replaces OHSAS 18001 standard.  In this updated international OH&S management system, the new requirements are aligned to Annex SL (a section of the ISO/IEC Directives part 1 to provide a universal high-level structure, identical core text, and common terms and definitions for all management system standards) with the aim to enhance the consistency and alignment of management system standards.  This will allow seamless integration with other management systems standards and business process.

With the ISO 45001 OH&S management system, an organization is able to eliminate hazards and minimize OH&S risks by taking effective preventive and protective measures.  These measures are applied to improve OH&S performance and moving towards achieving organizations’ OH&S policies and objectives.


Benefits of Implementing ISO 45001

ISO 45001 provides uncountable benefits - both tangible and intangible. A typical organization would enjoy the following:
  • increased awareness of risks and consequences and in this, better compliance
  • a safer workplace and reduced insurance claims and premiums, plus loss time costs
  • reduced legal liability by showing due diligence and better management of risks
  • attract and retain talent by showing that the Organization cares for their well being
  • have a better corporate image in the eyes of regulators, customers, employees as well as the society at large


ISO 45001 Training Programmes

  • ISO 45001:2018 Interpretation
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Assessment (Based on ISO 45001:2018)
  • Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems Auditor / Lead Auditor Training Course (IRCA Certification Number A17436)


What is the purpose of being ISO 45001 certified?
ISO 45001 certification proves that your management system has been measured against a best practice standard and found compliant. Issued by a third-party accreditation body/registrar, the certificate lets employees and other stakeholders know that you proactively protect the health and safety of your work force.
Is ISO 45001 an International Standard?
YES. The standard is published by International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a non-government international Organization with a membership of 161 national standards bodies.
What types of organizations does the ISO 45001 apply to?
In general, all industries need to have an OH&S Management System. It applies to any organization that wishes to eliminate or minimise its OH&S risks, assure itself of its stated OH&S Policy and comply to applicable OH&S Laws.
Does certification to ISO 45001 ensure compliance to national legislation or other legal requirement?
NO. Being certified does not in itself confer immunity from legal obligations. However, as a management system, ISO 45001 provides a useful framework for the organization to address applicable legislative requirements. The concept of compliance to legal requirements and continual improvement are minimum requirements of ISO 45001.
Can the ISO 45001 be integrated with other Management Systems?
YES. All new management system standards and those to be revised shall follow Annex SL template structure. This allows a seamless integration with other management system standards to a single one for better business management and performance.

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