Occupational Health And Safety: A Standard Approach


ISO 45001 marks a significant step in the overall effort to improve OH&S standards worldwide

An international standard that specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, ISO 45001:2018—“Occupational health and safety management systems–requirements” replaces OHSAS 18001 as the primary OH&S standard used internationally. It follows other management system approaches, including ISO 14001 and ISO 9001, and can help organizations develop a framework that improves safety, reduces workplace risks, and creates safer working conditions.

The growing globalization and fragmentation of supply chains has increased the levels of OH&S risk for multinational organizations because their business functions, and those of their suppliers and customers, cross multiple geographic boundaries. Without the assurance of a robust OH&S across that supply chain, an organization may be unwittingly exposed to substantial legal, financial, and reputational damage.

Developing a robust OH&S management system should be viewed as an opportunity, rather than a financial and administrative inconvenience. Certification to ISO 45001, delivers a competitive advantage by formally declaring that your organization takes risk management at all levels seriously. Not only will this positively impact buyer appeal, improved working conditions help an organization to become more agile, supporting both business growth and competitiveness.