ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational health and safety management systems


To combat the problem of occupational injuries and diseases, losses, staff absence and rising insurance premiums, ISO is has develop a new standard, ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements, that will help organizations reduce this burden by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.

ISO (International Organization of Standardization) have this to say:

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.

Sky Scrapper

It 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. (1SO)


Difference between ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001

There has been a major difference between the newly launched standard for occupational Health and Safety and the previous – OHSAS 18001. The main difference being that  ISO 45001 concentrates on the interaction between an organization and its business environment while OHSAS 18001 was focused on managing OH&S hazards and other internal issues.

The standards (New & Old standards) in occupational Health and Safety diverge in many other ways, they are:

ISO 45001 OHSAS 18001
Process based Procedure based
Dynamic in all clauses Not dynamic in all clauses
Consider both risk and opportunities Deals exclusively with risk
Includes the views of interested parties Does not include views of interested parties


Don’t forget, if your are already certified with OHSAS 18001, there is provision to migrate to ISO 45001.


Related Articles

Download the ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Standard PDF Copy here

ISO 45001 vs OHSAS 18001. Whats the difference? Check here



Leave a Reply