ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard

The ISO 45001 is an occupational health and safety management system (OHSAS) which has been designed to help businesses develop health and safety objectives and implement practices. The system provides a structured and methodical approach for identifying risks and then eliminating them.

The new ISO 45001 Standard adopts an Annex SL Framework of all the new and revised standards.


Annex SL is a document that the ISO group uses to dictate the format that is used for management system standards. Clauses 1 to 3 are applicable to all ISO standards, and talk about the standard itself. Clauses 4 to 10 are the clauses which include the requirements that an organization needs to meet in order to implement a management system. The document dictates that ISO management system standards will follow the following clause format:

Clause 1 Scope

What is this standard used for.

Clause 4 Context of the organization

How do you understand the organization that you are creating a management system for? What are the internal and external issues that affect you? Who are the interested parties and their expectations? What is the scope; where will your rules and policies apply?

Clause 7 Support

What processes do you need in place to manage resources, competence & awareness, communication and control documented information?

Clause 10 Improvement

How will you take corrective action for problems and improve the management system and its processes?

Clause 2 Normative References

Other documents that need to be understood to use this document.

Clause 5 Leadership

What does top management need to do to make sure the management system will function? This includes setting the overall policy of the management system.

Clause 8 Operation

What are the day-to-day controls in place for the management system? This includes tracking the performance of the controls that are put in place for the OHSMS processes.

Clause 11

It is important to note that Annex SL does not include requirements that organizations need to meet. This document is only for use by the ISO group when writing management system standard requirements.

Clause 3 Terms and definitions

What words are specific for this standard and what they mean.

Clause 6 Planning

How do you plan for risks, opportunities and improvement objectives for the organization? For the OHSMS this also includes planning for the specific hazards and risks presented by the processes of the organization.

Clause 9 Performance Evaluation

How will you monitor and measure the management system to know it is working properly? This includes requirements for internal audit and management review.

The Process



We review your existing management systems in relation to requirements of the relevant standards for certification.


Stage 1 Audit

A review of your management system(s) documentation is undertaken as the first step in the certification process.


Certification Audit

The Certification Audit is conducted on site to verify that you have implemented the management system across your organisation.


Years 2 & 3: Certification Maintenance

We will conduct an annual Surveillance Audit to check the ongoing implementation of management systems across your organisation.

The Benefits

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

A work environment that is safer and healthier

Decrease downtime

Reduction in costs

Boost employee morale

Demonstrate your commitment

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