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Guide to ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety

ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety

ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental organisation representing the National Standard Institutes of over 150 countries. They develop and publish international standards in response to the needs of the international market and global expert opinions.

ISO 45001 is the global standard for occupational health and safety. It lays out a framework to improve safety, minimise workplace risks and enhance health and well-being at work, enabling an organisation to improve its Occupational Health and Safety performance. It provides the minimum standard of practice to protect employees around the world.

Why ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety?

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are currently more than 2.78 million deaths a year as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases, in addition to 374 million non-fatal injuries and illnesses. Aside from the enormous impact on families and communities, the cost to businesses and economies is significant.

ISO 45001 is applicable to all organisations, regardless of the nature of the business, size, or industry.

The Benefits

Key benefits that can be achieved from the use of the ISO 45001 standard are:

  • Reduction in workplace incidents;
  • Reduced staff turnover;
  • Reduced cost of insurance;
  • Creation of a health and safety culture where employees are encouraged to actively participate in their own OH&S;
  • Reinforced leadership;
  • Ability to satisfy legal and regulatory requirements;
  • Improved reputation; and,
  • Enhanced staff morale.

Making the Move to ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety

ISO 45001 has the same look and feel as other key ISO standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. With matching core text, common terms and definitions, and the same high-level structure of Annex-SL, it is easy to integrate ISO 45001 into your existing management systems

The first step you should take is to perform a GAP Analysis to understand how your existing management systems align with the requirements of ISO 45001.

Use the form below to download our free ISO 45001 GAP Analysis template.

Next, establish the scope of the system. Consider and document what you would like your management system to achieve.

Set your occupational health and safety policy and key objectives.

Plan how you will implement your system and the timeframe for implementation.

Identify any competency/resource gaps that need addressing before you can effectively implement the health and safety standard.

ISO 45001 Certification

Certification to ISO 45001 is not a requirement of the standard but can be a useful tool to demonstrate to customers, suppliers, employees, and other key stakeholders that you meet its criteria. 

Organisations looking to achieve ISO 45001 certification can do so in 8 steps.

  1. Discovery workshop
  2. Risk and compliance workshop
  3. Process workshop
  4. System documentation design
  5. Awareness/induction planning
  6. Implementation planning
  7. Internal audits
  8. Certification audits

ISO 45001 Consulting

QSM Group’s customers have a 100% success rate of achieving ISO 45001 certification on the first attempt.

Contact us today to arrange a complimentary consultation and explore how we can help your organisation achieve its OH&S goals.

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