ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety – What is it and why bother?

“ISO 45001 is the world’s first International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S). It promotes a safe and healthy working environment by providing a framework that allows organizations to identify and reduce their OH&S risks, reduce the potential for workplace accidents and illnesses, and improve legislative compliance.”

ISO 45001:2015 aims to help organisations manage risks and improve performance to keep people safe and healthy.

This standard is written with the same high-level structure (Annex SL) as ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 (among others) to enable integrated business management systems to be created easily.

There are many benefits gained by introducing ISO 45001:2018 and these include: –

  • Safe working environment
  • Prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Reduction of lost time
  • Greater employee engagement
  • Enhance corporate image
  • Ensure compliance with legislation
  • Impartially audited and certified / accredited – if chosen
  • Reduce business interruption
  • Reduce regulatory action
  • Reduce insurance claims / premiums


Douglas Management Systems Consultancy will work closely with you to help identify what is required and understand what steps are necessary for your management system (s) to reach your required level, including updating current working processes in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. In addition, we will work with you and your staff to ensure minimum disruption and maximum efficiency up-skilling and training staff, advising on, and implementing new procedures and processes and drafting documentation as required.

As your Consultants, we will prepare, assist and coach you each step of the way, carrying out a Gap Analysis to identify issues, agreeing an action plan and work with you and your staff to deliver sustainable seamless solutions.

Internal Auditing of your processes – Your consultant will plan and undertake internal audits and produce reports, non-conformances and opportunities for improvement. This impartial auditing presents a huge benefit as it will produce meaningful and usable information to improve your processes.

Unlike many ‘one stop shop’ providers, DMSC will help implement a tailor-made solution that ensures the system will work for you and not the other way around. The test of a good system is that you are unaware that you are following a system as it is just what you do!