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ISO 45001

ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) Certification

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LRQA is a market leader in ISO 45001 certification

ISO 45001 helps you mitigate risk and improve business performance through a safer working environment and a healthier workforce. Whilst external factors that are often out of our control may impact our world of work, one thing remains constant; you want your employees to be safe. ISO 45001 2018 certification can help you achieve this by reducing workplace-related risks and providing a solid framework for the health, safety, and well-being of your employees. The benefits of ISO 45001 certification include:

  • A strong health and safety culture,
  • Improved productivity,
  • And a framework to manage regulatory compliance.
  • Check out the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the ISO 45001 standard and our offerings.

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Our ISO 45001 services 

Our team of expert auditors is here to be your partner on every aspect of the journey to ISO 45001 certification. They can help you demonstrate your commitment to occupational health and safety, not just to external stakeholders, but to your workforce. 

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We offer a range of ISO 45001 training courses that have been designed to upskill your team, whatever their level of experience and preferred learning style. 


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Gap Analysis

An optional service where one of our expert auditors helps you identify any weak areas or non-conformities prior to your formal ISO 45001 audit, helping you avoid unwanted surprises.

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Accredited Certification

An independent two-stage approach that provides a clear statement of your capabilities. Accredited certification helps you build and maintain trust with your stakeholders and win new business.

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Integrated Audits

In cases where your organisation holds multiple management system certifications, we offer an integrated audit and surveillance programme, allowing you to benefit from a more efficient and cost-effective management system.

Why work with us? 

Global capability

We’re everywhere you are. With highly qualified auditors worldwide, we can provide a local service with a globally consistent dedication to excellence. Our people are technical experts with in-depth knowledge of health & safety management.

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Flexible delivery

In most cases, our ISO 45001 training and certification services can be delivered on-site or remotely using safe and secure technology. If you opt for our remote delivery methods, you’ll receive the same high-quality service with several added benefits, including flexibility, fast delivery, and access to global expertise.

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History of firsts

We were the first to receive UKAS accreditation to deliver certification services for a range of standards across the globe. We continue to be instrumental in developing a variety of specific standards and frameworks across different sectors.

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Total assurance

LRQA's technical experts were involved in the development of ISO 45001, and Martin Cottam, former Group Technical Assurance & Quality Director, is Chair of ISO/TC 283 – the ISO Technical Committee for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Standards - so you can be confident that our assessors have the inside track on the requirements of the standard.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

What does ISO 45001:2018 mean?

Suitable for organisations of all sizes, across every sector and geography, ISO 45001 provides a framework for use throughout the supply chain to create a safe workplace culture that prioritises employee wellbeing, supports a healthy workforce and improves business performance. 

Is ISO 45001 a legal requirement?

Increasingly a regulatory requirement in many countries, ISO 45001 helps organisations demonstrate their internal and external commitment to workplace safety and reinforce their business’ reputation with employees and customers. 

Why is ISO 45001 important? What are the benefits?

Certification from a globally recognised brand like LRQA gives customers, employees, and stakeholders added confidence that a safe working environment and the health and wellbeing of staff are an organisational priority and provides a robust framework to support: 

A healthy, safe workforce 

ISO 45001 aims to reduce work-related incidents by creating a health and safety culture where employees are encouraged to take an active role. This – underpinned by strong leadership – can help to reduce staff turnover, increase morale, and improve staff retention – as well as making the work environment both safer and healthier. 

Improved productivity 

Understanding risk profiles through a systematic process designed to keep the workforce healthy and safe can reduce absenteeism and staff turnover, leading to increased productivity. 

Compliance and operational excellence 

ISO 45001 provides a clear framework to manage regulatory and legal obligations, giving customers and stakeholders added confidence in an organisation, improving brand reputation and providing a competitive advantage when bidding for contracts. 

By following the best practice principles found in ISO 45001, certification can improve your approach to risk management, provide a clear understanding of the internal and external context of your organisation and make a valuable contribution to overall business effectiveness and performance. 

Easy integration 

ISO 45001 follows the Annex SL framework, the high-level structure for modern ISO Standards. The Annex SL structure ensures consistency and compatibility between the different management system standards and allows for a straightforward and harmonised implementation of multiple standards (integrated management systems). ISO 45001 easily integrates with all new and revised ISO management system standards, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 27001. 

How do I get ISO 45001 certification?

The path that your organisation takes to achieve ISO 45001 certification often depends on your business's size, maturity, and existing approach to managing risk, amongst other factors. But the standard process to becoming ISO 45001 certified includes three main steps.  

Stage 1 Audit – document review and planning: Your auditor will review the design and documentation of your management system – in most cases, this is carried out remotely.  

Stage 2 Audit – evaluating your implementation: Your auditor will evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of your existing OHSMS in line with the requirements of ISO 45001. If there are no non-conformities, you’ll receive your certification. This stage can be carried out remotely or on-site.  

Promote your ISO 45001 certification: Your certification demonstrates a commitment to internationally recognised best practices and continual improvement – helping you win new business and meet stakeholder demands. 

If your organisation uses more than one management system, such as Quality (ISO 9001), or Environmental (ISO 14001), LRQA can provide a coordinated assessment and surveillance programme to minimise administration and business disruption. 

How are ISO 45001 audits conducted?

Using secure remote technology, we deliver the same high-quality audit services that have previously only been available as an on-site audit. Our ISO 45001 services blend remote and on-site audits to provide unrivalled insight and expertise and a fast and flexible way to maintain your audit schedule whilst reducing the carbon footprint associated with travel and minimising health and safety risks when working in hazardous or hard-to-reach areas. Outcomes are consistent with on-site audits, so the integrity of your audit and accredited certification remains exactly the same. 

How much does it cost to get ISO 45001 certified?

Certification costs will depend on the size and complexity of your organisation and the maturity of its existing management system. 

What are the requirements of ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 has ten clauses, which are common to many ISO standards.

Clauses 0 to 3: Introduction, Scope, References, Terms and Definitions  

Clause 4: Context of the organization  

Clause 5: Leadership and commitment  

Clause 6: Planning for the QMS  

Clause 7: Support & resource management  

Clause 8: Operational planning and control  

Clause 9: Performance evaluation  

Clause 10: Improvement actions 

Key OH&S requirements include the context of the organisation (ISO 45001 clause 4), leadership and worker participation (clause 6), risks and opportunities (covered in several clauses), supply chain considerations (primarily clauses 7&8) and improvement (clause 10).

What is ISO 45003?

Published in 2021, ISO 45003; 

  • Is the first international standard addressing psychological health, safety, and well-being at work, 
  • a guidance standard providing recommendations (not requirements), 
  • for organisations of any type, size, and in any sector, 
  • ISO 45003 can be used as a stand-alone guidance document, 
  • and can also be used to guide to help an organisation meet the ISO 45001 requirement to manage the psychological health and safety of workers. 
What is the major difference between ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001?

There are several key differences between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 but despite these, the overall aim of ISO 45001 remains the same - to drive improvement in occupational health and safety to prevent work–related injury and ill health. The main differences relate to the structure of the standard, leadership engagement, worker participation, and taking a risk-based approach.

Are you already certified to ISO 45001 and would like to transfer?

If you hold a valid accredited certificate of approval with another provider and you are considering making the move, transferring your ISO 45001 certification to LRQA is simple. We'll work with you to ensure your transfer is as smooth as possible.

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