ISO 45001:2018

ISO 45001:2018 - Occupational Health and Safety Management System


The ISO 45001:2018 occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) standard was published in March 2018, replacing the OHSAS 18001 management system standard. Publication of this new standard is part of a broader effort by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to update and align all of the specification standards for the management of Environmental, Energy, Health and Safety, and Quality (EEHSQ).


The ISO 45001 standard provides a robust and effective set of processes for improving work safety in global supply chains. Designed to help organizations of all sizes and industries, the new International Standard is expected to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses around the world.


Benefits of the standard

Acts as a framework to organizations to identify and control health and safety risks, reduce potential accidents, aids legal compliance and improves overall occupational health and safety performance.

  • It will benefit society. With internationally recognized occupational health and safety systems in place, the number of incidents and accidents will be reduced, lowering the disruption to operational processes of the businesses.
  • Measure and monitor achievement of your performance objectives.
  • Can be integrated with other management systems such as QMS ISO 9001 and EMS ISO 14001
  • Establish clear roles, responsibilities and authorities for personnel who manage, perform and verify activities having an effect on the OH&S risks of the organization’s activities, facilities and processes.
  • Ensure that personnel are competent to perform tasks that may impact OH&S in the workplace.
  •  Ensure active monitoring of regulations and legal requirements.
  •  Ensure that OH&S information is communicated to and from employees and other stakeholders effectively
  • Ensure the necessary measures and specified conditions are in place to control identified risks.
  • Define plans and procedures to identify the potential for and response to emergency situations.
  • Formalize incident investigation process.
  • Monitor and measure OH&S performance on a regular basis.
  • Reduce insurance costs through demonstrating better risk management.
  • Lead to a better public perception of your organization and you could also gain a competitive advantage, leading to improved sales opportunities.
  • Understanding how statutory and regulatory requirements impact on the organization and your customers.
  • Customer Confidence, Satisfaction and Trust.
  • Ability to Differentiate Organization for Competitive Advantage.
  • Organizations can set measures for service providers.
  • Helps in understanding the internal and the external issues on the needs and expectations of the interested parties.
  •  Better understanding of compliance status all times.


7 key changes from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001’

  • Annex SL – introduction of High level structure (10 clauses).
  • Context of Organization – Understanding the organization and its context, internal and external issues considering workers needs and expectations related to OH&S.
  • Risk Based Thinking.
  • More emphasis on Top management commitment.
  • Leadership and worker participation.
  • The term ‘process (es)’ has replaced ‘procedures’ in ISO 45001.
  • Management of changes to be ensured.

Consultancy Services Road Map:


  • Gap Analyses
  • Designing, Documentation and Implementation (System Development)
  • Internal Auditing
  • Management Review
  • Certification Process Guidance