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ISO 45001:2018 4.3 Scope


ISO 45001:2018 Clause 4.3 Determining the scope of the OH&S management system






Clause 4.3 Breakdown


4.3     Determining the scope of the OH&S management system


In regards to OH&S “…What do we control, what can we influence…”


The scope should not be used to exclude parts of the organization which may struggle to achieve accreditation. The organization should also not use clause 4.3 to banish those activities, products, services or functions that have the potential to impact on OH&S performance, or are likely to place legal or contractual requirements outside of the accredited OH&S management system.


Before the organization finalizes the scope of its OH&S management system, it makes sense that the requirements of clause 4.1 ‘Understanding the organization and its context’, and clause 4.2 ‘understanding the needs and expectations of workers and other interested parties’ have been established and utilised in the evolution of the scope.


The scope of the organizations OH&S management system should include activities that impact on OH&S performance that are under its control or influence (see mind-map). That said, the organization may decide to limit the scope of its OH&S management system to a specific site, location, department or function. Typically it maybe that the organization is running a pilot project on a smaller scale before attempting wider accreditation: In this case the rest of the organization would be considered an external provider or interested party.


It should be noted that clause 4.3 is required to be kept as documented information, in whichever format the organization deems suitable: e.g. paperwork, digital file, visual representation (flowchart, process-map, mind-map). Whichever format is used, it needs to be made available to interested parties.


45001:2018 4.3 Determining the scope of the OH&S management system



Useful integrated management system cross references


ISO 9001-2015 4.3 - Determining the scope of the quality management system

ISO 14001-2015 4.3 - Determining the scope of the environmental management system

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