Why Every Organization Should consider ISO 45001

ISO has developed a standard that will help organizations to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world. –www.iso.org

Developed by a panel of experts in occupational health and safety, ISO 45001:2018 helps organizations prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities and create a culture of health and safety. Following are some of the reasons every organization should consider this standard, which updates, upgrades and replaces OHSAS 18001.

A potential lifesaver

In addition to helping to reduce on-the-job injuries, ISO 45001 can save lives.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 5,147 fatal work injuries in 2017, along with a rate of employer-reported illness and injury of 2.8 per 100 full-time-equivalent workers. These figures are significant and the corresponding international numbers are far larger. Implementing ISO 45001 compliance reduces the risk of injury, illness and death, thereby reducing the likelihood and, potentially, the incidence of deaths.

A money-saver

A reduction of work-related illnesses and injuries goes hand in hand with a reduction in staff absences, early retirement and, in the United States, Workers’ Compensation claims. It also correspondingly helps keep insurance premiums as low as possible.


A new and better standard

Published in March 2018, ISO 45001 keeps the best of OHSAS 18001, while taking a more active and proactive approach.

Like OHSAS 18001, the newer standard follows the plan-do-check-act cycle, which is also a staple of the ISO 9001 and 14001 standards.  

In addition, ISO 45001 makes the following changes:

  • Management must take a stronger leadership role in occupational health and safety as ISO 45001 is required to be incorporated into organizations’ overall management systems.
  • Employees are required to take training that equips them to identify risks and help create a successful safety program.
  • ISO 45001 follows a preventive process that relies on hazard identification and risk reduction.

Fits all organizations 

ISO 45001 is effective for all organizations that wish to use an occupational health and safety system to eliminate hazards, reduce risks, and improve the health and safety of workers. Organizations of all sizes and in all sectors around the world can benefit from ISO 45001 certification.

Works well with others

ISO 45001 shares the same high-level structure and text, terms, and definitions as other ISO standards, including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. With this structure, ISO 45001 can readily be integrated alongside other standards, resulting in high consistency among the standards in the management system. Additional standards related to specific aspects of occupational safety and health can easily be added, too.

Attractive to customers 

As with other standards, certification in ISO 45001 demonstrates a commitment to quality and safety that is recognized worldwide by governments, businesses and consumers. This can be especially important as transactions and partnerships increasingly take place on an international basis.


Everyone Wins with ISO 45001

Organizations that certify in ISO 45001 are able to take proactive steps to ensure employee health and safety and to benefit from doing so. Employees can take pride in their role in helping to create a safe and healthy workplace and everyone can benefit from working in such an environment. Business partners and consumers can also be confident that the organization hasn’t subjected workers to unnecessary hazards or risks. 

Cavendish Scott has been helping organizations with ISO implementation for more than 35 years. With a full suite of coordinated training, auditing and consulting services, Cavendish Scott is available to help both organizations that are updating and replacing OHSAS 18001 certification and those that are implementing a health and safety standard for the first time. Organizations can get started by contacting Cavendish Scott through the link below.