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Steps to ISO 45001 Certification

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Step 1. Learn

Organization’s will need to understand the standards (ISO 45001, along with ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 if you are combining them) in order to guide each organization to understand what needs to be done to meet the requirements. To help understand the ISO 45001 OH&S Management System standard

  • ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – Requirements
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Step 2. Perform Gap Analysis & Initial OH&S Review and Risk Analysis

Find a Consultant to perform a Gap Analysis for your organization:

Or, you can do it yourself by using the Gap Analysis Checklist to determine where you need to change your existing system

Use the Initial OH&S Checklists to identify areas that need attention in your specific workplaces.

Complete the risk management loop with the identification of hazards, assessments of risks and determination of controls.

Step 3. Plan

Create a project plan to engage your organization in order to meet the ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

Step 4. Educate Your Organization

All of your employees will need to be trained on OH&S 45001 management system.

Step 5. Design & Document

Design and document your OH&S 45001 Health and Safety Manual and Procedures. The biggest portion of the project is looking at your current processes, and redesigning them to address all of the requirements of the standard. Once you have modified or developed processes to meet the standard, you will need to control those processes. Documenting the OHSMS procedures is part of this control.

Step 6. Use & Improve Your OHSMS

Once your system is developed and documented, employees will follow the procedures, collect records and make improvements to the system. For approximately three months or more, your organization will run the OH&S, collecting records. 

Step 7. Audit the OH&S Performance

Is your OHSMS working? You will conduct internal audits to see how your system is working and how you can improve it. You can follow the internal audit with the management review to prepare for the Registration Audit by a Registrar.

Step 8. Achieve Registration

There are three types of conformance:

  1. Internal efforts to create an OHSMS that meets ISO 45001
  2. Self-declaration of conformance
  3. Third party verified registration through a Registrar.
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To get your Registration, typically you will select a Registrar and they will come and perform your registration audit. During these audits, the Auditors will be looking at your OH&S to make sure that it meets the requirements of your system. If they find some areas that do not meet the requirements, they will document a “Nonconformance”. Your registration will be dependent on your correcting any nonconformances that are found. Regular surveillance audits will follow (at 6 or 12 months intervals) after your registration audit. Once you have become certified learn how to advertise your ISO 45001 certification.


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