HSE and ISO 45001
ISO 45001 replaced the OHSAS 18001 as of 31st March 2021, the world’s former reference for workplace health and safety.
ISO 45001 is a proactive and preventative emphasis on risk control factors, identifying and assessing the likelihood of hazards in the workplace. It can be implemented by any size of organisation in any industry and can be integrated into other health and safety programmes.
Having the ISO 45001 certification means that you have achieved full compliance with the standard. Pursuing ISO 45001 certification is a way to demonstrate your commitment to your employees’ health and well-being and to continuous safety improvement.
Is It a Requirement, and What’s The Health & Safety Executive Perspective?
You’re not required by law to implement ISO 45001 or other similar management standards, but they can help provide a structured framework for ensuring a safe and healthy workplace.
HSE inspectors rely on a wide range of evidence and observations when assessing an organisation’s compliance with health and safety law, not just whether they claim to meet the ISO 45001 standard or not. However, implementing ISO 45001 may help your organisation demonstrate compliance with health and safety law.
You can read more about The Health & Safety Executive’s views on ISO 45001 here.