ISO 45001:2018 OH & S Management System

ISO 45001:2018 OH & S Management System - Overview

WHAT IS ISO 45001 : 2018

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:

  1. Continual improvement of OH&S performance;

  2. Fulfilment of legal requirements and other requirements;

  3. Achievement of OH&S objectives.

ISO 45001:2018 is applicable to any organization regardless of its size, type and activities. It is applicable to the OH&S risks under the organization's control, taking into account factors such as the context in which the organization operates and the needs and expectations of its workers and other interested parties.

ISO 45001:2018 does not state specific criteria for OH&S performance, nor is it prescriptive about the design of an OH&S management system.

ISO 45001:2018 enables an organization, through its OH&S management system, to integrate other aspects of health and safety, such as worker wellness/wellbeing. ISO 45001:2018 does not address issues such as product safety, property damage or environmental impacts, beyond the risks to workers and other relevant interested parties.

ISO 45001:2018 can be used in whole or in part to systematically improve occupational health and safety management. However, claims of conformity to this document are not acceptable unless all its requirements are incorporated into an organization's OH&S management system and fulfilled without exclusion.


  • It is designed to improve a company’s OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health.

  • When your organization implements OH&S management system, it will allow everyone that is involved either internally or externally to trust the organization, and feel proud to be involved in an environment that takes responsibility for the health and safety of their employees.

  • It is designed to act as a driver and a reminder that it is everyone’s job to support and protect a safe and healthy workplace. This includes taking action to ensure that the job continues to be safe and healthy.

  • By implementing this standard an organization can be more effective and have better control because you will have systematically thought and planned out your actions.