Why a New Standard?

Purpose Explained

This International Standard specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety management system, (note ISO will not develop guidance for its' use), to enable an organization to proactively improve its OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health. ISO 45001 is applicable to any organization that wishes to establish an OH&S management system.

  • Eliminate or minimize those OH&S risks associated with its activities.
  • Establish, implement, and continually improve an OHSMS together with its OH&S performance.
  • Assure itself of its conformity with applicable legal requirements as well as other requirements to which it subscribes.
  • Demonstrate conformity with the requirements of the global principal Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard.

ISO 45001 is intended to be applicable to any organization - regardless of its size, type and nature. All the requirements in the standard are intended to be integrated into the organization’s management system and its business processes. The extent of the application or integration will depend on limiting factors - such as the context in which the organization operates and the requirements of its interested parties. 
Once an organisation has determined the scope for its OH&S management system, this International Standard requires the organization to address the OH&S risks to persons working under its control e.g. directors, other executives, managers, supervisors, workers and contractors.
For some situations the organization may also choose, or be required by applicable legal requirements, to address the needs of other persons affected by the activities of the organization. These individuals may not be engaged in “occupational” activities for the organization -such as some types of visitors or customers, neighbouring people or members of the public. Also the OH&S risks associated with all sites and work locations under its control need to be addressed. And to consider and take appropriate preventive measures of the risks associated with workplaces that are not under its control – such as a customer’s premises.
This International Standard will enable an organization to choose to include other aspects of health and safety beyond “occupational” health and safety (e.g. employee wellness/ well-being) through its OH&S management system. The organisation could also be required by applicable legal requirements to address such issues. This International Standard neither states specific criteria for OH&S performance, nor is it prescriptive about the design of an OH&S management system. The Standard does not address issues such as product safety, property damage or environmental impacts. It is however, an integrated management system compatible with ISO 9001 and 14001. It uses the Annex SL framework.