ISO 45001



The occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, ISO 45001, is a new international standard that provides a framework for an organization to manage risks and opportunities to help prevent work-related injury and ill health to workers. The intended outcome is to improve and provide a safe and healthy workplace.

ISO 45001 is intended to help organizations, regardless of size or industry, in designing systems to proactively prevent injury and ill health. All of its requirements are designed to be integrated into an organization’s management and business processes.

Informazioni e rilascio certificazione ISO 45001


ISO 45001 implements the Annex SL process and structure, making integration of multiple ISO management system standards easier, such as ISO 9001, Quality management systems and ISO 14001, Environmental management systems.

It uses a simple plan-do-check-act (PDCA) model, which provides a framework for organizations to plan what they need to put in place in order to minimize the risk of injury or illness. The measures should address concerns that can lead to long-term health issues and absence from work, as well as those that give rise to injuries.

ISO 45001 enables an organization to identify OH&S hazards, risks and opportunities to proactively manage to support worker wellness/well-being. The ISO 45001 standard calls for the organization’s management and leadership to:

  • Integrate responsibility for health and safety issues as part of the organization’s overall plan
  • Demonstrate engagement with employees (and where they exist employees’ representatives) to create an organizational cultural that encourages active participation of workers in the OH&S management system
  • Ensure the OH&SMS is integrated into an organizations business processes

Structure of International Standard - New Annex SL Structure

Organizational Context (Clause 4.1)

Results of the context review should be used to:

  • Understand and determine the scope and issues (positive and negative) that can affect how an organization manages the OH&S management system
  • Determine risk and opportunities
  • Develop or enhance OH&S policy and set objectives
  • Gain high-level understanding of needs and expectations of workers and other interested parties (and differences for managerial and non-managerial workers)

Issues include conditions, characteristics or changing circumstances that can affect OH&S. Internal/ external issues can result in risks/opportunities.

External Context Issues

  • Cultural, political, economic and legal issues, natural surroundings and market competition
  • New competitors, technologies, laws and occupations
  • Key drivers and trends in industry sector
  • Relationships, perceptions and values of external interested parties

Internal Context Issues

  • Organizational structure, roles, accountabilities, capabilities and organizational culture
  • Information systems, flows and decision-making
  • Introduction of new products, materials, services, tools, premises, and equipment
  • Standards, guidelines and contractual relationships
  • Working conditions and working time arrangement

Understanding Needs of Workers and Other Interested Parties (Clause 4.2)

  • Needs and expectations of both managerial and non-managerial workers and workers representatives (where they exist)
  • Affect OH&S management system or which perceive themselves to be affected by OH&S system (A.4.2)
  • Worker and as appropriate workers’ representatives

  • Legal and Regulatory authorizes
  • Parent organization
  • Suppliers, co-contractors and subcontractors
  • Workers’ organizations (trade unions) and employers’ organizations
  • Owners, shareholders, clients, visitors, local community, neighbors and general public
  • Occupational health and safety organizations; occupational safety and health-care professionals (e.g., doctors, nurses)

Note: Needs and expectations from interested parties become obligatory requirements for an organization if the organization chooses to adopt them.