ISO 45001 changes: how will your organization be affected?


If you want to improve the safety of your
employees in the organization and operate at the boundary of current
occupational health and safety compliance standards, now is the perfect time.

ISO 45001 is published now

Published in March of 2018, ISO 45001 is an internationally recognized Occupational health and safety compliance standard. The framework comprises clear guidelines that can be implemented to regulate Occupational health and safety standards in any organisation – whatever its size, industry or location.

Although not mandatory, gaining ISO 45001 certification has the potential to considerably benefit your business.

Few persons would argue that the safety of your employees in your organization isn’t important. Compliance to ISO 45001 will go a long way towards eliminating or reducing risks also the number of individuals who experience injury or illness during work.

ISO 45001 certification can assure staff and other interested parties that you are putting formal systems in place to prioritize the safety of your employees. By meeting all of the requirements, you are also demonstrating your compliance with current legislation and OH&S international standards.

There are some significant changes in the transition from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001, These key differences are explained below and will help you to identify the main changes that would need to be made for your business to achieve compliance and, ultimately, certification.Business

Context: Chapter 4.1, external and internal issues, introduces new clauses for systematic determination and monitoring of the business context.

  • Workers and other interested parties: Chapter 4.2 introduces enhanced focus on needs and expectations for workers and other interested parties and worker involvement. This to systematically identify and understand factors that need to be managed through the management system.
  • Risk and opportunity management: Described in chapters 6.1.1,, 6.1.4, companies are to determine, consider and, where necessary, take action to address any risks or opportunities that may impact (either positively or negatively) the ability of the management system to deliver its intended results, including enhanced health and safety at the workplace.
  • Leadership and management commitment: Stated in chapter 5.1, ISO 45001 has stronger emphasis on top management to actively engage and take accountability for the effectiveness of the management system.
  • Objectives and Performance: Strengthened focus on objectives as drivers for improvements (chapters 6.2.1,6.2.2) and performance evaluation (chapter 9.1.1).
  • Extended requirements related to:
  • Participation, consultation and participation of workers (5.4)
  • Communication (7.4): More prescriptive in respect of the “mechanics” of communication, including determination of what, when and how to communicate.
  • Procurement, including outsourced processes, and contractors (8.1.4)

For more information on establishing ISO Quality Management Systems, contact:


Leave a Reply