ISO 45001 certified

Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) came into existence very recently and implemented from the year 2018. It is the extension of ISO Standard Series for Health & Safety as ISO 45001.

It is an International standard which is common across the globe and providing the same platform for same Health & Safety practices irrespective of region and culture. ISO 45001:2018 is designed in such a way that it is preventing the Injuries, Health and fatal accident onsite. It is very useful for the small, medium and large enterprises which are working in the different regions of the world and practicing the same process of the Health & Safety measures.

ISO 45001 is an international standard for health and safety at work developed by national and international standards committees independent of government.

Introduced in March 2018, it’s replacing the current standard (BS OHSAS 18001) which will be withdrawn. Businesses have a three-year period to move from the old standard to the new one.

You’re not required by law to implement ISO 45001 or other similar management standards, but they can help provide a structured framework for ensuring a safe and healthy workplace.

If your organization is small or low-risk, you’ll probably be able to demonstrate effective risk management without a formal management system. A simpler and less bureaucratic approach may be more appropriate such as that outlined in HSE’s guidance on health and safety made simple. 

ISO 45001 certificate
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HSE’s view of ISO 45001

Implementing ISO 45001 may help your organization demonstrate compliance with health and safety law. But, in some respects, it goes beyond what the law requires, so consider carefully whether to adopt it.

If your organisation already has a developed health and safety management structure, or you’re familiar with other management standards, it may be straightforward for you to adopt ISO 45001. However, if your organization is small, with less formal management processes, you may find it difficult to:

  • interpret what the standard asks for
  • gauge what proportionate implementation looks like

This may particularly be the case if you’re adopting management standards to meet supply chain requirements of customers or contracting bodies.

HSE is concerned about the practical implementation of the standard, including audit and certification, and whether it can be easily tailored to work effectively for organisations of all sizes and levels of complexity in a way that’s in proportion to the risks they must control. 

Contracting bodies and customers should therefore ask themselves whether the supplier really needs certification to 45001, or whether they can demonstrate competence in managing health and safety using other means.

Read our guidance on the use of health and safety accreditation schemes.

Compliance with health and safety law

HSE inspectors will continue to rely on a wide range of evidence and observations when assessing an organisation’s compliance with health and safety law, not just whether they claim to meet the ISO 45001 standard or not.

Using a management system approach

HSE’s guide on managing for health and safety (HSG 65) may help your organisation as it provides a clear process-based approach to risk management. However, adopting a formalised management system approach, whether HSG65 or ISO 45001, may not be the most appropriate model for your businesses, particularly if it’s small or low-risk.


Your organisation can apply the standard to your activities (in full, or in part) to help provide evidence of good health and safety management, and improvements made, without getting certification. But, you can only claim to conform to the standard if it’s implemented fully.


To implement ISO 45001 in a proportionate way, auditors or certifiers should understand that it needs to be:

  • tailored to an organisation’s size and level of complexity
  • in proportion to the risks

You should ensure that any auditor or certifier you use has evidence that they’re competent to a recognised standard, such as ISO 19011:2011 or the relevant parts of the ISO 17021:2011 series.

The certification body should be accredited by either the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for ISO 45001 or an equivalent accretion body that is member of the European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA) or the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

Product standards

The advice on this page relates solely to the health and safety management systems standard ISO 45001. 

HSE continues to recognise the valuable role that product standards can play in:

  • delivering consumer and worker protection
  • providing a level playing field for businesses
  • enabling trade with other countries

Role of OSS in OHSMS 45001:2018 Certification

OSS Middle East FZE, having the team of qualified and trained Auditor, Lead Auditor and Technical Experts who can conduct a value added Audit and contribute in the continual improvement of your organization.

OSS team can provide the two step audit and you are entitled for the certification of OHSMS ISO 45001:2018 which is required by your customer or in tender purpose.

Benefits of OHSMS ISO 45001:2018 Certification
  • Cost savings- It helps to strengthen the Legal and Statutory Obligations and reducing cost and fines
  • Increase Health & Safety Confidence- It helps to increase the Health and Safety confidence in the Employees and workers and third parties
  • Enhanced customer satisfaction- It help to increase sales, improve Reputation and enhance customer satisfaction
  • Access to new markets- It Helps prevent trade barriers and open up global markets
  • Increased market share- International Standards help increase productivity and competitive advantage.

Optimize your occupational health & safety management with the new ISO 45001 standard

Safeguarding and maintaining health & safety in the workplace is an important prerequisite for motivated and productive working processes, both for employers and employees. The new ISO 45001 standard for occupational health & safety management will supersede OHSAS 18001, the previous standard for occupational health & safety, and will minimize the risk of damage to health and accidents in the workplace. BS OHSAS 18001 was developed by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and forms the basis for the new ISO 45001 standard. The ‘Project Committee PC 283’ of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) received a proposal from the BSI in March 2013 for the new international standard, which was now published on 12th March 2018. We have summarized important questions and answers arising in connection with the new ISO 45001 standard in our FAQs.

Would you like to find out more about the certification for optimal occupational and health & safety management in accordance with the new ISO 45001? Our experts would be delighted to provide you with this information!

Standardization thanks to the ‘High Level Structure’

The new standard focuses on preventative employee protection and greater involvement from the management team. The structure of the standard permits simple integration into previously implemented management systems and the standard can be utilized regardless of the size of the company.

Compared with OHSAS, ISO 45001 offers the following amendments, amongst others:

  • ‘High Level Structure’ (HLS), which, through its uniform structure, uniform definition and uniform terminology facilitates simplified integration into other management systems (e.g. ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 )
  • Increased focus on the context of the organization and risk recognition
  • Taking account of individuals who are not permanent employees, such as sub-contractors and suppliers
  • Legal and regulatory compliance guidelines for all phases of the PDC cycle
  • Greater involvement from the top management team

Increase confidence with documented health & safety management according to ISO 45001

By following a systematic standard for your occupational health & safety protection according to ISO 45001, sources of errors and risks can be identified and eliminated or minimized. By means of certification of your occupational protection management you will thus significantly reduce the number of occupational accidents, regardless of your industry or the size of your company, and you will simultaneously fulfil legal and official requirements. You will therefore not only increase the confidence of your employees, you will also reinforce your positive reputation with clients, business partners and the authorities. This creates a valuable competitive advantage for you.

Our experts have many years of experience with management systems and in the field of effective and sustainable occupational health & safety protection. We will check and certify your company according to ISO 45001. If you are already certified according to OHSAS 18001, we support you in implementing the new requirements of ISO 45001.There will be a three-year transitional period from the current OHSAS 18001 standard to ISO 45001, so the transition must be completed by spring 2021. We will support you in implementing the requirements and will permit a smooth transition to the new standard.

For organizations that are serious about improving employee safety, reducing workplace risks and creating better, safer working conditions, there’s ISO 45001.

According to the International Labor Organization, more than 7 600 people die from work-related accidents or diseases every single day. That’s why an ISO committee of occupational health & safety experts set to work to develop an International Standard with the potential to save almost three million lives each year. Structured in a similar way to other ISO management systems, the approach will be familiar to users of standards such as ISO 14001 or ISO 9001. ISO 45001 builds on the success of earlier international standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labor Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO’s international labor standards and conventions.


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