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ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management

ISO 45001 is an internationally recognized standard on OH&S management systems. It can be used by any organization, whether large or small, irrespective of its scope.

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What is ISO 45001?

Creating a good working environment requires cooperation between management and employees. If the company wants to reduce accidents at work, have a good indoor climate, care for its employees and ensure the best possible mental working environment, cooperation and dialogue are essential. An OS&H management system to ISO 45001 can help you achieve this.

The purpose of ISO 45001 OS&H management is to improve your performance in relation to working environment by creating the framework for management and managing the risks that exist in your working environment. This helps reduce accidents at work and create safe and healthy workplaces. The standard's requirements and guidance thus provide you with a tool to put your OH&S work in system and ensure that you continuously control your working environment and evaluate and improve your efforts. 

By introducing the OS&H management system ISO 45001, you and your company work in a structured way with OS&H learning.


Lise Schmidt Aagesen
Lise Schmidt Aagesen Seniorkonsulent | Senior Consultant
Standardisering | Digital & Bæredygtighed
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Learn more about health and safety standards

With the completion of ISO 45001, the development of more standards in the field of occupational safety and health is now a next stage.

The following work topics have been identified

  • Maintenance of ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems – requirements with guidance for use
  • ISO 45001 Handbook – Implementation guidance for small businesses
  • Guidance on the management of psychosocial risks in the workplace
  • OH&S management system performance indicators/reporting
  • Occupational health and safety management - Accident and incident investigation

Five facts about ISO 45001 - OS&H management

  • The basis for the management system is the identification of internal and external requirements, as well as key stakeholders and their requirements and expectations for performance in the field of occupational safety and health at work.
  • ISO 45001 requires top management to take responsibility for the working environment and focus their efforts on creating continuous improvements in OS&H performance and cooperation
  • Health and safety objectives must be planned on the basis of the foundation of the management system as well as the results of the identification of risks and opportunities. In addition, OS&H objectives must be put into operation to demonstrate compliance and improvement of performance
  • Great focus on the significance and importance of consultation and involvement of employees and the OS&H organization
  • Important to build a culture focused on continuous improvements.

More than 50 countries and organizations have been involved in writing the standard which can be used by all companies and organizations regardless of industry and type of business. The standard replaces OHSAS 18001 and has the same structure as the other major management standards, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. The deadline for changing a management system from OHSAS to ISO 45001 is 12 March 2021.