ISO 45001 Safety And Health Management Standard

ISO 45001 Safety And Health Management Standard

ISO 45001 is an international standard that addresses safety and health at work. It was developed by international and national standards committees, independent from the government.

Although you are not legally required to implement ISO 45001 certification and similar management standards, they can provide a framework for creating a safe and healthy work environment.

You can demonstrate effective risk management if your organization is small or at low risk. An easier and more efficient approach to guidance safety and health made simple may be better.

Perspective on ISO 45001

Your organization may be able to demonstrate compliance with the health and safety laws by adopting ISO 45001. It goes beyond the requirements of the law in certain areas, so you should consider whether or not to adopt it.

It may not be difficult to adopt ISO 45001 if your organization already has a well-developed health and safety management system or is familiar with other management standards. If your organization is smaller and has less formal management processes, it may be difficult to:

  • Interpret the standard’s requirements
  • Find out what proportionate implementation looks and feels like

This is especially true if you are using management standards to comply with the supply chain requirements of customers or contracting entities.

Concerned about how the standard will be implemented, including auditing and certification. It also wants to know if it can easily be tailored to suit organizations of any size and complexity, in proportion to the risks they need to control.

Customers and contracting bodies should ask whether suppliers need certification to 45001 or if they are capable of demonstrating competence in managing safety and health using other means.

Using a management system approach

The guide on managing health and safety can be a useful tool for your organization. It provides a process-based approach to managing risk. A formalized management system approach may not be appropriate for your business, especially if you have a small or low-risk company.


You can apply the standard to your organization (in whole or part) to show that you have implemented good safety and health management practices. However, your organization can only claim compliance to the standard if it is fully implemented.


Auditors and certifiers need to understand the following requirements to implement ISO 45001 proportionately:

  • Tailored according to the size of an organization
  • In proportion to the risk

It is important to ensure that the auditors or certifiers you hire are competent in a recognized standard such as ISO 19011;2011 or relevant parts of ISO 17021.2011.

Product standards

This page is focused on the ISO 45001 standard for safety and health management systems.

Continues to recognize the important role product standards can play in:

  • Delivering worker and consumer protection
  • Businesses have equal opportunities
  • Facilitating trade with other countries

Assistance with ISO 45001 from outside of your organization

While you can seek advice from an outside source to comply with the standard, your organization will still be legally responsible for managing the risk.

You can ask a third party, including auditors or certifiers, to prove that they have the experience of implementing the standard in a variety of businesses sizes, types, and sectors.