ISO 45001:2018

Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems

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ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

Published in March 2018, this Standard replaces OHSAS 18001:2007 and AS/NZS 4801:2001.

Why has the ISO 45001 Standard been developed and what are the changes?

The ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard is designed to help companies and organizations around the world ensure the health and safety of the people who work for them.

ISO 45001 is aligned with ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and builds on OHSAS 18001 what will ensure an easy alignment into the organisation’s overall management processes and allow a straightforward integration with the requirements of the other ISO Management System Standards.

What does this mean for your business?

ISO 45001:2018 is the replacement to OHSAS 18001:2007 and AS/NZS 4801:2001.

If your business is already certified to OHSAS 18001 and/or AS/NZS 4801, you have three years to upgrade your business to the new requirements, and then go through a transition audit to update your Certification to the ISO 45001 Standard.

If your business hasn’t been certified to OHSAS 18001 and/or AS/NZS 4801 yet, start working towards the requirements of ISO 45001. There’s no need to reference the old Standard.

The Standard

The ISO 45001 Standard is all about providing a framework for managing Occupational Health and Safety risks and opportunities, eliminating hazards and minimising Occupational Health and Safety risks by taking an effective preventive action, with an outcome to prevent work related injury and ill health to workers and to provide safe and healthy workplaces.

Implementation of the ISO 45001:2018 Standard will provide a systematic approach to enable an organisation to manage its Occupational Health and Safety risk and improve its Occupational Health and Safety performance. The Safety Management Standard emphasises on the responsibilities of those in authority and highlights the necessity of everyone in the workplace to participate.

What are the benefits of
the ISO 45001 Standard for your business?

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Systematic reduction or elimination of safety risks

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Less accidents or incidents means less downtime

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Your Safety Certification could be the point of difference that wins you your next contract

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Now that you qualify to tender for work requiring Certification to the Safety Standard as a pre-requisite

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When Certification is achieved

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Certification requirements demonstrate workers are competent to conduct the tasks they’re performing and legal and regulatory requirements are being met and monitored

What types of businesses will benefit from Certification to the ISO 45001 Standard?

All businesses can benefit from implementation of the ISO 45001:2018 Standard. Many businesses will also benefit from Certification to the Standard.


  • Proves to the outside world that your organisation is serious about customer satisfaction;
  • Is sometimes the only point of difference against your closest competition when bidding for work; and
  • Can be a contractual requirement imposed by your client/s;
  • Achieves a competitive advantage, trust of customers & stakeholders and recognition as an industry leader.

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How the ISO 45001 Safety Certification Process Works

Firstly, we’ll work with you to determine exactly which Standards and Certifications are right for your business, what you want to achieve out of the process for your business and identify any deadlines you need to achieve Certifications by. This is your chance to get all your questions answered!

Then we’ll go through with you what you already have in place and how effective you think it is, and what you’d like to see change. Depending on what you already have, the next step might be a Gap Analysis against the requirements of the Standard – this will give us a to-do list of what needs to be done before commencing the formal Certification process.

When it’s time for your Certification Audit, it’s conducted in two stages:

Stage 1 (Readiness Review) is a full review of your business processes and documented information to ensure all requirements of the Standard (relevant to your business) have been addressed.

Stage 2 (Certification Audit) is an assessment conducted at your office (and project sites, if applicable) to ensure that you actually do what your processes and documented information say you do.

All Certifications run on a three-year cycle, usually with audits 12 months apart, so, this initial audit process is then followed by:

Year 2: Surveillance Audit

Year 3: Surveillance Audit

Then we start again with a Triennial Audit, followed by two annual Surveillance Audits, and the cycle continues…

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