ISO 45001 at work

Find out why people are talking about
ISO's new standard that helps employees stay safe and healthy.

Health and safety in the workplace are the number one concern of most businesses, yet still deaths and injuries occur. ISO 45001 sets the minimum standard of practice to protect employees worldwide. Applicable to all organizations, regardless of size, industry or nature of business, it is designed to be integrated into an organization’s existing management processes and follows the same high-level structure as other ISO management system standards, such as ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management).

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Are you ready for safety at work?

Download ISOfocus magazine to find out how ISO 45001 will help drive solutions for improving worker safety across the globe.

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By Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis on

Our world with ISO 45001

Whether it’s a failure to protect workers against toxic chemicals, or a sleep-deprived employee getting into a fatal car accident, millions of people are hurt or killed at work each year. Now, with the arrival of the world’s first International Standard on occupational health and safety, many such incidents can be prevented. Uncover why ISO 45001 has the potential to be a real game changer for millions of workers (and workplace health hazards) around the world.

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Scott Steedman

ISO 45001 combines the technical rigour of OH&S standards already used around the world with the common ISO framework of popular standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

Scott Steedman, Director of Standards at the British Standards Institution (BSI) and ISO Vice-President (Policy).

You can read more about how ISO 45001 will help improve workplaces here, in ISOfocus.

Going global

Workers need to be respected and protected, no matter where they work. Discover the international reach of ISO 45001.

It doesn’t matter if your organization is a micro-business or a global conglomerate; if its a non-profit organization, a charity, an academic institution or a government department. As long as it has people working on its behalf, or who may be affected by its activities, then using a systematic approach to managing health and safety will bring benefits.

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Toward a healthier manufacturing industry

Workplace health and safety hazards can be costly (to lives and the bottom line), but the good news is that they are largely preventable if the right precautions are taken. Here, EEF representative Mike Denison explains.

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ISO/PC 283 Occupational health and safety management systems

Find out more about the ISO project committee tasked with the development of ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use

Charles Corrie

ISO 45001 concentrates on the interaction between an organization and its business environment whereas OHSAS 18001 was focused on managing OH&S hazards and other internal issues.

Charles Corrie, Secretary of ISO/PC 283, Occupational health and safety management systems.

You can read the full Q&A here, in ISOfocus.

Regional views

Discover how ISO 45001 works in practice,
integrating with local legislation and local needs.

While heavy industry and its associated risks are on the decline in Europe, the reality is different elsewhere. In countries that rely on activities such as mining, or where large numbers of the population are involved in manual trades from factory work to farming, local implementation of ISO 45001 has the potential to save lives.

ISO 45001 for worker safety

David Smith, Chair of ISO/PC 283, Occupational health and safety management systems, offers a quick introduction to ISO 45001 and tells us how this new International Standard will bring safety to the front line.

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Whether you've used an occupational health and safety standard in the past, or are a new user, you can implement ISO 45001 seamlessly.

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ISO 45001 occupational health and safety brochure

Get the facts about ISO 45001 with this handy brochure that covers everything from who it’s for, to how to migrate from an existing occupational health and safety standard.

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Occupational health and safety integrates seamlessly

Due to the many similarities of ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001, it is expected that the migration to ISO 45001 by businesses already certified to OHSAS 18001 will be relatively painless. Visit to find out more.

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Let the migration begin

Migrating from OHSAS 18001 to the new International Standard ISO 45001 may have its challenges, but with careful planning, checking and commitment, organizations, their employees and all stakeholders will enjoy the benefits of improved health and safety management systems.