ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard (OHSMS)

What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is an occupational health and safety management standard (OHSMS) that has been designed to assist businesses in developing health and safety objectives and implementing practices to keep the workplace safe for everyone. ISO 45001 standard provides a structured and methodical approach for identifying risks and then eliminating them.

 

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The new ISO 45001 Standard adopts an Annex SL Framework, which is used in all the new and revised standards.

The ISO 45001 Accreditation Process

STEP 1

APPLICATION AND CONTRACT

Once you have decided to pursue ISO 45001, the first  step is to choose your certification body. There are many to choose from. You may find it helpful to establish a list of criteria that are important in your certification partner. Some criteria to consider; Is the certification body fully Australian-owned? Are they friendly, responsive, flexible and provide value-added service?

STEP 2

OPTIONAL PRE-ASSESSMENT

If you are unsure whether your system meets the requirements of the standard, you can request a review of your existing management systems. One of our auditors will evaluate your system against the standard and will provide you with a report to assist you with fixing gaps before proceeding to Stage 1 Audit.

STEP 3

STAGE 1 AUDIT

A review of your management system(s), where documentation is against the standard, is undertaken. This is the first step in the certification process.

STEP 4

STAGE 2 CERTIFICATION AUDIT

The Certification Audit is conducted on-site to verify you have effectively implemented your own management system across your organisation. If implementation is completed satisfactorily, your organisation will be certified by our auditor.

STEP 5

YEARS 2 & 3: CERTIFICATION MAINTENANCE

We will conduct a Surveillance Audit at least once every 12 months to ensure the ongoing implementation of management systems across your organisation.

STEP 6

RE-CERTIFICATION

The certification cycle starts again with a stage 1 and stage 2 audits.

Why is ISO 45001 important?

The responsibilities of the management team are set out by this international standard. It requires management to be efficient in every step of its safety planning and provide a system tailored to your business in order to target particularly high risk areas of your organisation in order to minimise them in the future. It also ensures worker participation and empowerment in their own security.

 

The ISO 45001 certification will also help you define your OHSAS 18001 management system, by demonstrating what is expected of you as an organisation. It will also give you access to other related international standards, which gives you a greater understanding of the risks and the means to control them.

The ISO 45001 Benefits

Some of the key benefits of the ISO 45001 standard include:

Maintain a safer and healthier work environment:

Implementing the ISO 45001 standard helps reduce overall accidents and injuries at your workplace, contributing to a safer and healthier environment.

Decrease downtime:

Ill and injured employees decrease productivity levels. The ISO 45001 standard is aimed at safety, ensuring that all your employees will work in a safe environment, therefore reducing downtime.

Decrease costs:

Implementing this standard can protect your business from legal actions and minimise the possibility of fines. Additionally, it may allow you to negotiate lower insurance premiums.

Demonstrate your commitment to safety:

Implementing the ISO 45001 standard shows that you are committed to protecting the safety of your employees.

Boost employee morale:

Workers are happier when they have a safe and healthy workplace. With the implementation of this standard, it has been consistently proven that the workforce delivers a better performance due to improved morale.

Earn credibility:

The ISO 45001 standard builds your credibility by demonstrating that your business follows a standardised occupational health and safety management system.

Start your ISO 45001 Certification journey

Organisations must take occupational health and safety standards seriously.

By obtaining the ISO 45001 certification you are telling your stakeholders and business partners you place the utmost importance on protecting one of your organisations most valuable assets – the people.

If you are ready to get your organisation ISO 45001 certified, we would like to help you through this process. Take the first step in the process by getting in touch with us. Our team can take you through the costs, the process and the requirements of ISO 45001.