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ISO 45001

ISO 45001 is an international standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) that specifies the requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. The purpose of ISO 45001 is to provide organizations with a framework to proactively manage occupational health and safety risks and improve overall workplace safety.


Key purposes of ISO 45001 include:

  1. Occupational Health and Safety Management: ISO 45001 helps organizations establish a systematic approach to managing occupational health and safety risks in the workplace. It provides a framework for identifying hazards, assessing risks, implementing controls, and monitoring performance to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

  2. Legal Compliance: The standard assists organizations in ensuring compliance with relevant occupational health and safety laws, regulations, and other requirements. By implementing ISO 45001, organizations can identify and address legal obligations related to workplace safety, reducing the risk of non-compliance and potential penalties.

  3. Risk Reduction: ISO 45001 emphasizes the importance of risk assessment and risk management in preventing occupational injuries and illnesses. Organizations are encouraged to identify hazards, assess risks, and implement controls to minimize or eliminate workplace hazards, thereby reducing the likelihood of accidents and injuries.

  4. Worker Participation: ISO 45001 promotes the active involvement of workers in occupational health and safety management. It encourages organizations to engage employees at all levels in identifying hazards, assessing risks, and developing and implementing safety measures, fostering a culture of safety and accountability.

  5. Continuous Improvement: Like other ISO management system standards, ISO 45001 emphasizes continual improvement. Organizations are required to monitor and evaluate their OH&S performance, identify areas for improvement, and take corrective actions to enhance workplace safety over time.

  6. Stakeholder Confidence: Implementing ISO 45001 can enhance stakeholder confidence, including employees, customers, suppliers, and regulators, by demonstrating the organization's commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment. Certification to ISO 45001 can also provide a competitive advantage and improve the organization's reputation.


Overall: the purpose of ISO 45001 is to help organizations establish and maintain effective occupational health and safety management systems that prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of workers, prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, ensure legal compliance, and promote continual improvement in workplace safety practices.

Sample of ISO 45001 Requirements

  • Health & Safety Policy Statement-normally a one or two page commitment to the ISO standard, this provides a framework for setting, achieving and maintaining Health & Safety objectives, commits the organisation to legal compliance and to continuous improvement.

  • Organisation Chart-this demonstrates the structure of the business and can include line management, roles and responsibilities.

  • List of Health & Safety objectives-these should have measurable targets and be time-related.

  • Legal Register-a list of all legislation that applies to the business and a regular review of this document against current and updated legislation.

  • Consultation & Participation of the workers.

  • Health & Safety risk assessments.

  • Competence, training & awareness.

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