Occupational Health and Safety Under Newly Minted ISO 45001

With the intended outcome of providing and improving a safe and healthy workplace for workers and persons under an organisation’s control, ISO 45001 provides a structured framework for managing the prevention of work-related injury and ill health. This standard is intended to help organizations, regardless of size or industry, in designing systems to proactively prevent injury and ill health. All its requirements are designed to be integrated into an organization’s management processes.

ISO 45001 will adopt a new high-level structure that is common to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, and so on.

Points of Difference From OHSAS 18001
ISO 45001 mainly concentrates on the interaction between an organization and its business environment while OHSAS 18001 was focused on managing occupational health and safety hazards and other internal issues. This structure aims to facilitate the implementation process and the integration of several management systems in a consistent, structured, and effective manner. Some of listed standards diverge as given in the following:

  • ISO 45001 is process-based.
  • ISO 45001 is dynamic in all clauses 
  • ISO 45001 considers both risk and opportunities

It provides recognized standards toward which conscious and aware organizations can aim, plan, and prepare state-of-art occupational health and safety management systems and implement and mature them– and finally get assessed and certified. This is a methodology-based standard adopting a plan/do/check/act cycle and growing into a positive spiral of continuous risk reduction and benefitting the plant with continuous improvement. 

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