ISO 45001

ISO is moving forward with the development of an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system standard. This standard will be designated ISO 45001.

The title of the standard is Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use. The guidance in the Annex will focus on interpreting the requirements set out in the standard, like the annex to ISO 14001.


For more information about the likely impacts of an ISO OHSMS standard, click here to download your copy of the ENLAR Executive Briefing Paper – Impacts of an OH&S Management System Standard.

If you are interested in more information about OH&S Management System standards, check out my blog at

Click here to go the website page I maintain for AIHA on the progress in developing the ISO 45001 standard.

Click here to access the ISO website page for this standard development activity.

Since this is being developed as an ISO management system standard, it will need to conform with the requirements set out in Annex SL of the ISO Directives.

The Annex SL requirements are in the ISO/IEC Directives Part 1. (click here for more information)

NOTE – To download and review Annex SL, scroll down on the ISO “Directives and Policies” page and click on the link to the ISO/IEC Directives Part 1 under the Official Rules column. Annex SL starts on page 120.

If you would like to download a copy of the presentation I gave at the ASSE Conference – Safety 2015, click here.

ISO 45001 Terminology

One of the challenges in drafting ISO 45001 is developing terminology around the “people” terms in the standard.  Click here if you would like to download a guide to what persons the various terms used in ISO 45001 are intended to include.  You can also use this as a handy guide when reading through the standard for understanding the requirements set out for an OH&S management system.

Management Systems

This site provides information about establishing integrated management systems that conform to the requirements set out in international standards.

Click here to download your copy of an EHSMS implementation checklist.

Internal Audit Programs

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Certification Requirements

Many organizations seek third-party certification of their management systems. The standard that forms the basis for "ISO certification" is ISO/IEC 17021.

Want to know more?

Click here to learn more about ISO 17021