ISO 45001

OHS Management System according to ISO 45001

Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) is a "connecting thread" that goes through all the processes of the organization. ISO 45001 lays down requirements for the OH&S management system and improvement of its performance. It does not provide specific performance criteria, or a detailed instruction on the implementation of the management system, but it defines general principles for the implementation, maintenance and continuous improvement of the OH&S management system. This standard is applicable to all organizations which have an intention of developing a system for OH&S risk management linked to the activities of the organization concerning its employees and other interested parties. It fully aligns with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards. The result of an OHSAS certification is a globally recognized certificate proving the implementation of an effective OH&S management system. A stand-alone certificate is issued after the certification audit has been completed to confirm the compliance with ISO 45001 requirements. 


What does the ISO 45001 standard contain?

First of all, it fully aligns with existing ISO standards for management systems – in particular with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. This standard has a generic structure into the new high level structure for management systems standards. The High Level Structure is a set of 10 principal clauses. Compared to the previous standard for the OHS management system, the requirements of ISO 45001 are extended by details recommended by the International Labour Organization (ILO). In particular, it concerns the concepts of employee’s consultations and their participation in OH&S matters, also the application of hierarchy risk management tools that include the elimination of hazard, the reduction of risks by substitution of hazardous processes, activities, materials, equipment. Also, it concerns the use of technical, organizational and administrative tools, including the training, and, finally, the use of appropriate protective equipment. Greater emphasis is being placed on the purchasing process, outsourcing in particular. EU law and Czech legislation fully support these principles; therefore the biggest innovation for certified organizations represents the integration of existing tools of the OH&S management system within a new concept of ISO standards for management systems, that includes strategic management through a context of the organization, fulfilment of requirements and expectations of interested parties, and risk & opportunities identification for strategic goals. Certification according to the new standard therefore benefits from the prior certification according to 2015 versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 amendments.


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