ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S)

ISO 45001 for Occupational Health and Safety (OHSMS) was developed by the International Organisation of Standards (ISO) to replace the OHSAS 18001 which is aimed at reducing occupational illness and injury to staff.

ISO 45001 is the internationally-recognised standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and through its implementation, it can help companies to reduce and mitigate risks, provide regulation and ultimately puts employee’s safety at the forefront.

ISO 45001 is an improved OHSMS standard which utilises the original OHSAS 18001 criteria but uses an Annex SL structure like other ISO management systems, making the implementation easier and more efficient.

The key differences between both standards are that ISO 45001 requires the company management to take a stronger leadership role in Occupational Health and Safety and for this to be incorporated into the overall management system of the company. ISO 45001 also follows a preventative process, requiring hazard risks to be evaluated and remedied before they cause accidents and injuries, unlike OHSAS 18001, which focused only on hazard control.

By becoming certified to ISO 45001, it means that your company’s Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) policy satisfies the requirements of the standard which helps your business to reduce staff productivity and increase staff engagement.

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How ISO 45001 can benefit your business

Benefits that your business can gain by having ISO 45001 include:

  • Risk reduction – Through the identification of problem areas, you will be able to put in place applicable OH&S procedures which will help you reduce risks for your company and employees.
  • Transparency – Through your OH&S policy, you can present clear, transparent measures and new and improved adjustments which you can share with your employees and external agencies where required.
  • Improved productivity – By identifying high-risk areas, you will be able to adjust processes to mitigate risk and ultimately improve staff productivity.
  • Continuous improvement – ISO 45001 encourages constant review and growth; which supports a development mindset and approach for the overall company.
  • Increased engagement – By having clear, transparent and regular improvement, your staff will become more engaged with the processes and company.

Ultimately ISO 45001 ensures that there is an increased commitment to occupational health and safety across your business. This awareness can result in savings of time and money, a reduction in incidents and the improvement of employee well-being and an increase in morale.

BBA Associate Consultants

We are aware that not all companies have access to an internal consultant, such as a quality manager, and this is where the BBA’s Associate Consultant Scheme will be of benefit.

The BBA Associate Consultant Scheme (ACS) assists organisations looking to become certified in any of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001.

For a company to become certified for any of the above-mentioned standards, they may need to work with a professional consultant to guide them through the individual requirements and process before applying for a Management System Certification with the BBA.

Finding a BBA Associate Consultant is simple. Simply email us with your company details and location, and provide details of which management system you are looking to be certified in.

Already have OHSAS 18001?

If you currently hold certification for OHSAS 18001:2007, and comply with BS 18004:2008, please contact us to discuss how we can help you transition to ISO 45001.  If you are unsure which management system would be suitable or are looking to implement more than one, this can also be done through the BBA.


Use of one of the BBA Associate Consultants does not imply that the process of Management System Certification will be simpler, easier, faster or less expensive. The list of Associate Consultants is provided for your convenience. It is important that you consider all the available consultants and choose the most appropriate consultant for your organisation’s needs. The BBA does not endorse the competence or performance of the consultants. If you wish to provide feedback on the Associate Consultant Scheme (ACS) please contact us.