ISO 45001: World’s first International Standard for occupational health and safety launches …

More than 70 countries were directly involved in the creation of this important document, developed by ISO/PC 283, Occupational health and safety management systems, with the British Standards Institution (BSI) serving as the committee secretariat ...

published 12th March 2018

ISO 45001 sets out to provide a robust and effective set of processes for improving work safety in global supply chains. ISO 45001 is the world’s first International Standard for occupational health and safety.

Designed to help organisations of all sizes and industries, ISO state that the new International Standard is expected to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses around the world.

According to the BSI, benefits of ISO 45001 include:

  • a single internationally-agreed standard suitable for all organizations worldwide
  • alignment with other key management system standards
  • requirements which direct organizations to design a management system uniquely suited to each organization’s occupational health and safety needs.

ISO 45001 has been developed using a collaborative, consensus-based approach, taking into account the views of large and small organizations, government bodies, trades unions and worker representative organizations. It will eventually replace OHSAS 18001

ISO 45001 explained – by David Smith, chair of the project committee that developed the standard 



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