ISO 45001 Safety

ISO 45001 Safety Management Systems and Plans is an ISO standard for management systems of occupational health and safety (OH&S), published in March 2018. The goal of ISO 45001 is the reduction of occupational injuries and diseases.

The difference between ISO 45001:2018 and OHSAS 18001-

ISO 45001 is intended to replace OHSAS 18001, currently the most widely adopted workplace health and safety standard. At the same time,
ISO has been clear that even though ISO 45001 uses key concepts from OHSAS 18001, it is its own separate standard and not an update.

ISO points out key differences of ISO 45001 compared to OHSAS 18001 such as:

  • The new standard uses a process-based approach rather than a procedure-based approach.
  • ISO 45001, like other ISO standards, requires understating the organization’s larger context and views of all interested parties.
  • The need to integrate workplace health and safety into daily operations, rather than treating it as a standalone process.

While many organizations may not decide to formally certify to ISO 45001 Safety Management Systems and Plans, doing so does have certain benefits. For example, certification can:

  • Send a powerful signal to customers, employees, the public and other stakeholders that you’re committed to workplace safety.
  • Make sure you’re in compliance with workplace health and safety laws and requirements.
  • Help reduce safety incidents and associated costs.
  • Improve overall efficiency and quality of manufacturing processes.

Ensuring employees return safely home every day can truly transform a business, from boosting employee morale to manufacturing efficiency to profits and sustainability as a whole.

An ISO 45001 based OH&S management system will enable an organisation to improve its OH&S performance by:

  • Developing and implementing an OH&S policy and OH&S objectives
  • Establishing systematic processes which consider its “context” and which take into account its risks and opportunities, and its legal and other requirements
  • Determining the hazards and OH&S risks associated with its activities; seeking to eliminate them, or putting in controls to minimize their potential effects
  • Establishing operational controls to manage its OH&S risks and its legal and other requirements
  • Increasing awareness of its OH&S risks
  • Evaluating its OH&S performance and seeking to improve it, through taking appropriate actions
  • Ensuring workers take an active role in OH&S matters