ISO 45001

Occupational Health and Safety

ISO 45001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, along with guidance for its use. The standard enables an organisation of any size or type to improve its OH&S performance to prevent injury and ill-health in the workplace.

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ISO 45001 certification

  • Attain ISO 45001 certification with an accredited certification body.
  • Deploy organisation-wide systems that support compliance and protect workers.
  • Achieve formal recognition with certification of your commitment to health and safety.
  • Realise cost savings from improved productivity and reduced operational downtime.
  • Ideal for organisations of all sizes and sectors – from SMEs to corporates.

What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is a global standard for occupational health and safety management, improving employee safety, reducing workplace risks and creating better, safer working conditions.

The standard demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to controlling its health and safety risks by implementing processes and procedures to reduce the risk of work-related incidents.

Workplace health and safety is vital, and employers must ensure their organisation meets relevant health and safety legislation. The standard helps to ensure that a systematic approach is provided to engage employees, contractors and others in preventing ill-health, harm and injuries at work. An OH&S management system helps ensure that your organisation complies with any contractual requirements as part of supply chains.

ISO 45001 certification provides a framework for occupational health and safety management approaches to help organisations:

  • Provide an effective process for improving workplace health and safety.
  • Control the risk of accidents in the workplace.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant health and safety regulations.
  • Enable the organisation to embed continuous safety and risk practices.

What are the benefits of ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 certification allows an organisation to improve its occupational health and safety by developing and implementing an OH&S policy and OH&S objectives. It establishes systematic processes that consider risks, opportunities, and legal requirements.

ISO 45001 certification allows organisations to:

  • Determine the hazards and OH&S risks associated with activities, seeking to eliminate them or putting in controls to minimise potential effects.
  • Establish operational controls to manage OH&S risks, legal concerns and other requirements.
  • Increase awareness of OH&S risks.
  • Evaluate its OH&S performance and seek to improve it by taking appropriate actions.
  • Ensure workers take an active role in OH&S matters.
  • Improve its ability to respond to regulatory health and safety compliance issues.
  • Reduce the overall costs of work-related incidents.
  • Reduce downtime and the costs of disruption to operations.
  • Reduce the cost of insurance premiums.
  • Reduce absenteeism and lower employee turnover rates.
  • Improve reputation for having achieved an international benchmark.
  • Attract new customers that require active OH&S compliance as part of tendering.

There were over 190,000 active ISO 45001 certificates in 2020, covering over 250,000 sites worldwide, according to The ISO Survey.

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How to become ISO 45001 certified

Achieving ISO 45001 certification involves implementing an occupational health and safety management system.

We’ve certified hundreds of organisations to ISO standards, including Diageo, Greenstar and Liverpool Victoria. Certification Europe also provides ISO training.

Our expert ISO assessors will conduct a comprehensive multi-stage assessment process to audit your OH&S management system and determine if your organisation is compliant with ISO 45001 requirements.

If your organisation meets the requirements, Certification Europe issues an official certificate. Your organisation can use its ISO 45001 certification in marketing and promotional materials and tender applications.

Start your journey to ISO 45001 certification

Contact our team today to receive a free no-obligation competitive quotation from our dedicated business development team. We will devise a comprehensive quote that will align with your OH&S requirements. We tailor our quotes to meet your needs, and we support a range of ISO standards, including ISO 27001, ISO 9001 and Cyber Essentials.

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The Certification Journey

The Certification Journey

Stage One

The initial assessment determines if the mandatory requirements of the standard are being met and if the management system is capable of proceeding to Stage 2.


Stage Two

The second assessment determines the effectiveness of the system, and seeks to confirm that the management system is implemented and operational.


Recommendation for Certification

At this point in the process we review any corrective actions taken to address findings raised at Stage 1 & 2. Certification may be recommended.


Certification Review & Decision

The organisations files are reviewed by an independent and impartial panel and the certification decision is made.


Certification Achieved

Successful certification is communicated to the client. Certificates are issued.


ISO 45001 FAQs

The simple answer is all organisations. If your organisation has people working on its behalf or who may be affected by its activities, then using a systematic approach to managing health and safety will prove beneficial. The standard can be used by small, low-risk operations and by high risk and large complex organisations.

While the standard requires that OH&S risks be addressed and controlled, it also takes a risk-based approach to the OH&S management system to ensure that it is effective and improved to meet an organisation’s ever-changing needs. This risk-based approach is consistent with the way organisations manage other business risks and encourages the integration of the standard’s requirements into organisations’ overall management processes.

ISO 45001:2018 is the updated version of the standard introduced in March 2018.

ISO 45001 follows the high-level structure approach applied to other ISO management system standards, such as ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment). In developing the standard, consideration has been given to the content of other international standards.

Those adopting the standard should find its requirements consistent with the other standards. This allows for relatively easy migration from using an existing OH&S management system standard to using ISO 45001and provides the alignment and integration with the requirements of other ISO management system standards into an organisation’s overall management processes.

Accreditation is when a certification body is recognised to offer certification services. To become accredited, Certification Europe is required to implement a Quality Management System, which is assessed by an Independent Authorised Body (Irish National Accreditation Body) to determine that it meets International Standards.

Certification Europe is audited annually to ensure its services meet the exact requirements of the relevant accreditation standards. ISO 45001:2018 is accredited by INAB (Irish National Accreditation Body) and UKAS Accreditation.

Please visit Our Accreditation page for further information on our accreditation.

Once ISO 45001 is released, certification will last for three years and is subject to mandatory audits to ensure compliance. At the end of the three years, your organisation will need to complete a reassessment audit to become recertified to the standard.

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