ISO 45001:2018 (OHSAS)

Occupational health and safety management systems

ISO 45001 is known as the standard for Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems. This particular guide includes requirements pertaining to the roles of everyone involved in your company. It also offers guidance for each step of the process so that you can have a better understanding on how it should be implemented in your company and by whom. ISO 45001 streamlines organizational strategy so that performance is improved while health & safety risks are reduced or eliminated.

ISO 45001 is an international standard that serves as a guide for organizations on how to partner together to create the safest working environment possible. They eliminate all risks, encourage new ideas and opportunities, and implement strategies that will allow your business to achieve its highest potential. Every employee deserves to be treated appropriately. By understanding this standard, you are guaranteeing your employees an environment where their concerns will always be met with immediate action.

ISO 45001:2018 helps an organization achieve its intended outcomes of its OH&S policy. ISO 45001:2018 is consistent with the organization’s OH&S Policy, which may include achieving specific outcomes for both workers and for stakeholders if relevant. OH&S management system include:

  • Continual improvement of OH&S performance;
  • Fulfilment of legal requirements and other requirements;
  • Achievement of OH&S objectives.

ISO 45001:2018 does not state specific criteria for OH&S performance, nor is it prescriptive about the design of an OH&S management system. ISO 45001:2018 enables an organization to manage all aspects of their OH&S by focusing on worker wellness/wellbeing.

Product safety is not regulated by ISO 45001:2018 so this standard does not address product safety issues. As it relates to worker safety, note that this standard applies to employers and workers within the organization – so information security management systems are not ISO compliant if they do not consider worker risks.


Benefits of using ISO 45001:2018

Improvement in OH&S performance by

  • Development and implementation of OH&S policy and its objective.
  • Systematic processes which take into account its risk and opportunities, and its legal requirement.
  • Increase awareness of OH&S risk.
  • Establish operational controls to manage its OH&S risk and other requirement.
  • Evaluate OH&S performance.
  • Active role of workers in OH&S matters.


Direct benefits to the organization such as:

  • Ability to improve and respond to regulatory compliance issues.
  • Reduction of overall cost of incidents.
  • Reduction in cost of insurance premium.
  • Lowers the absenteeism of employee.
  • Reducing downtime and cost of destruction of operations.