ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational Health & Safety Management System

ISO 45001:2018 specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, and gives guidance for its use, to enable organizations to provide safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injury and ill health, as well as by proactively improving its OH&S performance.

ISO 45001:2018 is applicable to any organization that wishes to establish, implement and maintain an OH&S management system to improve occupational health and safety, eliminate hazards and minimize OH&S risks (including system deficiencies), take advantage of OH&S opportunities, and address OH&S management system nonconformities associated with its activities.

ISO 45001:2018 helps an organization to achieve the intended outcomes of its OH&S management system. Consistent with the organization’s OH&S policy, the intended outcomes of an OH&S management system include:

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


ISO 45001:2018 brings a number of benefits

  • Reduction of workplace incidents
  • Reduced absenteeism and staff turnover, leading to increased productivity
  • Reduced cost of insurance premiums
  • Creation of a health and safety culture, whereby employees are encouraged to take an active role in their own OH&S
  • Reinforced leadership commitment to proactively improve OH&S performance • Ability to meet legal and regulatory requirements
  • Enhanced reputation
  • Improved staff morale


Structure of ISO 45001:2018 standard

1: Scope

2: Normative references

3: Terms and definitions

4: Context of the organization

5: Leadership and worker participation

6: Planning

7: Support

8: Operation

9: Performance evaluation

10: Improvement

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