ISO 45001:2018 published today (12 March 2018)

ISO 45001:2018

With the heightened awareness of health, safety and welfare issues, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed a new standard, ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements, that will help organizations reduce this burden by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.

What I hear you say, there is already OHSAS 18001:2007 covers this already. Well, OHSAS 18001 is a British Standard, and whilst it has been used widely across the world, it is not technically, an International Standard.

With contributions from UK Health & Safety experts, there has been a development of a new H&S International Standard, ISO 45001:2018.

Upon publication of ISO 45001:2018, OHSAS 18001:2007 will be withdrawn, organizations currently certified to OHSAS 18001:2007 will have a three-year migration period to upgrade to ISO 45001:2018.

For further information on the three-year migration, please refer to my earlier article: IAF Requirements for the Migration to ISO 45001:2018 from OHSAS 18001:2007.

A copy of the ISO 45001:2018 can be downloaded from your National Standards Body, such as BSI and ANSI.


  1. If your business was certified to OHSAS 18001:2007, you should obtain a copy of ISO 45001;2018.
  2. Consider the opportunities for migration from OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001:2018 within the next three-years until the deadline (12 March 2021).
  3. Consider the migration guidance in IAF MD 21:2018, advice from your Certification Body or external consultant to achieve a successful migration.
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