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What does ISO 45001 Look Like?

What does ISO 45001 Look Like?


ISO 45001 is an international standard for management systems of occupational health and safety and was published in March 2018. The aim of the standard is to reduce risks in the workplace, creating improved and safer working conditions for employees.

The standard is built up of different clauses, in line with the Annex SL structure which streamlines the creation of standards. Organisations which have already implemented ISO 9001 Quality Management or ISO 14001 Environmental Management will recognise the format and this should make the process of achieving 45001 accreditation much easier. Read on to find out about each clause.

Context of the Organisation. This section requires the organisation to determine its context in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System, including interested parties and their needs and expectations. It also defines requirements for determining the scope of the system, as well as general health and safety requirements.

Leadership. This clause of the standard requires senior management to demonstrate leadership and commitment to the occupational health and safety management system, along with defining the health & safety policy. Management must also assign process owners with other roles and responsibilities to ensure organisation wide commitment to the standard.

Planning. The planning section defines requirements for addressing risks and opportunities, and the requirements for occupational risk analysis. This clause also includes requirements for hazard identification and assessment, determining legal and other requirements, occupational health and safety objectives and outlining plans for achieving them.

Support. This clause defines the requirements for people, infrastructure, work environment, monitoring and measuring resources, competence, awareness, communication and documented information.

Operation. This clause is focused on establishing operational controls to eliminate the occupational health and safety hazards, management of changes and emergency preparedness and response.

Performance Evaluation. The purpose of the requirements placed in this clause is to provide the organisation with mechanisms to determine the effectiveness of the system. It contains requirements for monitoring and measuring including performance evaluation, compliance obligation, internal audits and management reviews.

Improvement. The last section of the standard defines requirements for continual improvement of the occupational health and safety management system, including requirements for managing nonconformities, incidents and implementing corrective actions.

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