Frequently Asked Questions ISO 45001
while both OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 address occupational health and safety management systems, ISO 45001 is the latest standard and takes a more proactive approach to risk management. It emphasizes continual improvement, leadership, worker participation, stakeholder engagement, and considers the context of the organization. ISO 45001 also aligns more closely with other ISO management system standards, making integration with other management systems easier.
ISO 45001 is a comprehensive standard that outlines the requirements for an effective occupational health and safety management system. Its main components include identifying internal and external factors that can impact OH&S performance, establishing OH&S policies and objectives, conducting risk assessments and taking actions to address hazards and opportunities, implementing operational controls, providing OH&S training and awareness, establishing incident investigation and corrective action processes, monitoring and measuring OH&S performance, and continually improving the OH&S management system. These components are all designed to help organizations proactively enhance employee safety, reduce workplace risks, and create better, safer working conditions.
- ISO 45001:2018 can be integrated with the ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental) management systems standards, in order to facilitate the integration of quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems by organizations, should they wish to do so.
- The overall structure of the standard is similar to other relevant standard and many key requirements are common to all systems (e.g. policy, objectives, document control, internal auditing, and management review, corrective and preventive actions).
- Such integrated standardization approach allows certification bodies to provide organizations with Integrated Management System certification including all the three major standards for Quality, Environment, Health and Safety.