ISO 45001 Certification

ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System Certification

ISO 45001 is an international standard for occupational health and safety. By achieving ISO 45001 certification, you can put your organisation in a position to compete at the highest international level.

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Navigating the ISO 45001 certification process without the help of a certification expert can be a minefield of confusion and mistakes.

But QMS is here to help. Over the last 25 years, we’ve certified thousands of organisations to various OHS standards, including ISO 45001.


ISO 45001 provides requirements for an effective occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. This system will help to reduce injuries and accidents in your workplace, as well as continually improve the OH&S performance of your business.

The ISO 45001 international standard suits businesses of all types and sizes and can easily integrate with an existing management system.

Benefits of ISO 45001

ISO 45001 certification provides a holistic approach to health and safety, making employee wellness and wellbeing a critical element of the system. As an ISO 45001 certified business, you will be able to:

  • Proactively identify and address potential hazards in your workplace – making it safer for employees and all staff
  • Minimise the risk of accidents and incidents as a result of the continual analysis and improvement of the OH&S system
  • Reduce costs of accidents and incidents in the workplace
  • Reduce the cost of insurance premiums
  • Reduce employee turnover and absence

Understanding the difference between OHSAS 18001, ISO 45001 & AS/NZS 4801

 ISO 45001 is the international standard. If you are OHSAS 18001 certified your business will need to migrate to the new standard as the previous standard will be withdrawn.

OHSAS 18001 was originally a standard developed by certification bodies in Britain and was used worldwide. AS/NZS 4801 was developed by the standards association in Australia and New Zealand. Both standards focus on different areas under the workplace health and safety umbrella.

OHSAS 18001 was a procedure based standard, whilst ISO 45001 is process based and considers risks and opportunities (in common with the other major ISO standards). ISO 45001 is a far more holistic approach to safety in the workplace, taking into consideration internal and external risks and opportunities, whereas OHSAS 18001 primarily focused on internal risks.

OHSAS 18001 has been withdrawn and replaced by the new international Standard for OHS, ISO 45001. Organisations currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will need to migrate to ISO45001 by March 2021 to retain certification recognition.

Become ISO 45001 certified

If your business is OHSAS 18001 certified, you will already have a solid benchmark and foundation to become ISO 45001 certified.

As is the case with most standards, when looking to become certified you will need to perform the following activities:

  • Have a gap analysis performed on your existing system and identify any areas of weakness and opportunity to improve
  • Make the necessary changes and improvements so your business is compliant with the new standard
  • Ensure everyone understands the new system and their role within it
  • Have a QMS assessor come to your business to assess and certify it

If there are any improvements that need to be made, they should be addressed as soon as possible.

Once your business has been certified, you will need to maintain compliance, to ensure your management system, and your business outcomes, are continually improving.

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