ISO 45001:2018 Introduction

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ISO 45001:2018 Introduction


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"The goal of ISO 45001 is the reduction of occupational injuries and diseases" 


ISO 45001:2018 is the worlds first international standard for occupational health and safety. Aligning more closely with other International Standards for Quality (ISO 9001) and Environmental management (ISO 14001), the standard uses the concept of the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle (PDCA) along with risk-based thinking to provide a guidance framework document for organizations wishing to implement or develop their OH&S systems.


A more basic concept of the 45001:2018 OH&S standard is to provide guidance on running a safe and healthy workplace, both for the direct workforce and others who may be affected by its activities, whilst at the same time seeking to continuously improve on OH&S performance.


To varying degrees. most organizations will have OH&S management systems already in place. ISO 45001:2018 will provide a framework that provides a holistic OH&S system, where inadequacies are continuously identified; enabling the organization the opportunity to managed any previously unseen short-comings.


Whilst ISO 45001:2018 compliance is not a legal requirement, following the documents framework will assist in identifying an organization legal requirements.


Simple PDCA cycle (also for interest see the health and safety PDCA INDG 275 guide).


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