ISO 45001 defines the requirements for an occupational health and safety (OHS) management system.
The purpose of the standard is to enable organizations to implement a management system that facilitates continuous improvement of OHS performance, in the interest of preventing injury and ill-health.
Organizations of all sizes and types can use ISO 45001; the standard will enable improvement of performance by:
- Developing and implementing clear policy and objectives
- Understanding and considering risks and opportunities
- Determining the hazards of the OHS system and implementing controls
- Clearly communicating risks throughout the organization
- Evaluating performance of the OHS and seeking to continuously improve it
- Making sure workers are actively involved in and understand the OHS management system
By utilizing this checklist to implement an operational health and safety (OHS) management system, organizations will stand to gain the following:
- Improved regulatory and compliance issues response time
- Reduced frequency of workplace incidents
- Reduced workplace downtime and fewer operational distruptions
- Reduced insurance costs
- Reduced employee absence and turnover
- Recognition of having successfully implemented ISO 45001 (informally, based on internal audit reports)
This checklist is designed to streamline the process for implementing an operational health and safety (OHS) management system in line with the requirements set out in the ISO 45001:2018 standard.
This checklist is designed as a supplement, and is not intended to replace ISO 45001.
For best results, users are encouraged to edit the checklist and modify the contents to best suit their use cases, as it cannot provide specific guidance on the particular risks and controls applicable to every situation.
Typically, management system auditors will prepare custom checklists that reflect the specific scope, scale, and objectives of the operational health and safety management system being audited.