ISO 45001:2018


Worldwide, more than 6,300 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases. This problem presents the next major opportunity for a common approach to workplace health and safety. Enter ISO 45001, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – Requirements, which has finally emerged from the drafting process, and has just been released as an International Standard in March 2018.

Replacing the existing Occupational Health and Safety Standard OHSAS 18001, this document goes beyond the OSHA requirements to address the leadership side of health and safety. Corresponding to the structure of all new management systems, it is written to allow easier integration with ISO 9001:2015, IATF 16949:2016, and AS9100D.  Adhering to OSHA requirements is just the beginning; doing this by choice and not by chance, using the structure of a well-designed and implemented management system, is the intent of ISO 45001.

ISO 45001 endured a long and arduous path to becoming an International Standard. As with Quality and Environmental issues, health and safety are of interest to organizations to help ensure sustainability as a reliable entity. Any organization who currently requires conformance to OHSAS 18001 will almost certainly require transition to ISO 45001, and others are likely to join in requiring conformance.

Even without a mandate, conformance helps organizations implement concrete actions along with their existing policies to provide a safe and healthy workplace.  As with ISO 9001-based quality management systems, companies discover that implementing systems assist in creating a culture to act in the best interest of all stakeholders, including owners, customers, suppliers, employees, and society in general.

First steps:

  1. Review your customer-specific requirements manuals for any mention of OHSAS 18001 and/or ISO 45001 (yes, they are often there). If a current customer mentions either, then you will most likely be required to conform.
  2. Review you customers’ industries and markets. Customers selling into Europe, or supplying the worldwide automotive industry or aviation, space and defense, will most likely adopt this standard and flow down the requirements through the supply chain, which will eventually affect you, hopefully with enough notice to create and implement an effective system.
  3. Review your potential customers, those whom you have quoted but do not yet have orders. They may fall into either of the two points above.
  4. Review your own stated policies. If you state that you provide a healthy and safe environment, you value your employees, or you want to be a world-class company, then maybe ISO 45001 will help you show your commitment to your own policies.
  5. At a minimum, with the enhanced emphasis on compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements in the most-recently updated Quality Management System standards, now is a good to revisit your efforts and ensure that you have an effective process in place to fully comply with OSHA Regulations.

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Contact Illinois Business Innovation Services now to find out how we can help you create a safe and healthy work environment, and help address the next new management system requirement, ISO 45001:2018.

Charles Liedtke
Senior Consultant, Illinois BIS