Occupational health and safety

Do you want to put your company in a position to recognize, minimize and, in the best case, avoid risks to employees from accidents and damages to their health? The appropriate basis: a certified management system in accordance with the ISO 45001 standard. The international standard elevates and reinforces occupational health and safety to the status of a strategically important management issue.

Focused commitment on the best possible occupational safety

Cost savings through risk reduction

Improved image of your organization

Legal certainty due to compliance with all requirements

Beschreibung Standard/Regelwerk

What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is an internationally recognised standard for the use of an effective occupational health and safety (OHS) management system. The standard helps companies to identify work-related risks to employees in the form of damage to health, accidents and injuries, and to prevent these through the use of preventive measures. Companies can be certified according to ISO 45001.

The aim of the occupational health and safety standard is to establish transparent and effective processes that lead to a high level of safety in health and safety at work. The core areas include work policy, employee consultation and participation, hazard identification and risk assessment, as well as risk management. In addition, a focus is on legal subjects relating to occupational health and safety.

ISO 45001:2018 was published as the successor to the British standard BS OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety) on 12 March 2018. BS OHSAS 18001 was replaced by ISO 45001 at the end of September 2021. Certificates according to the old standard have therefore lost their validity.

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Who is ISO 45001 certification suitable for?

The ISO 45001 standard can be used by companies and organizations of all sizes and industries. Thus, even small organizations, public authorities or municipal administrations can benefit from the standard. Occupational health and safety affects every single employee in the company. By complying with the requirements of ISO 45001, companies or organizations ensure reliable safety in the workplace.

An occupational health and safety management system according to ISO 45001 follows the basic structure of other important management system standards, the so-called High Level Structure (HSL). This makes ISO 45001 compatible with, for example, ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment) and therefore well suited as part of an integrated management system.

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Why does ISO 45001 certification make sense?

Some countries already have very strict occupational health and safety laws. Certification to ISO 45001:2018 helps your company or organization to incorporate the legal requirements into its internal processes. This results in many advantages:

  • Detection of deficits in occupational health and safetyAn occupational health and safety management system (OHS) according to ISO 45001 helps you to successively as well as efficiently detect and eliminate deficiencies in the existing system. The certification thus helps to prevent occupational accidents or safety incidents.
  • Strengthening the health and motivation of the workforceThanks to a structured OHS management system, the health of the company can be significantly improved. Physical and mental stress is reduced in this way, which leads to higher motivation and lower absenteeism.
  • Greater legal certaintyThe major issue of compliance also affects health and safety. By obtaining ISO 45001 certification, companies strengthen their legal security. They combine occupational health and safety with compliance and in this way reduce risks of liability and the danger of high consequential costs.
  • Competitive advantagesCompanies certified to ISO 45001 are attractive to employees. This is because these companies not only show that occupational health and safety is important to them. With certification, they also guarantee compliance with important standards and requirements. Especially in times of high shortage of skilled workers, the ISO 45001 certificate is your important plus as an employer in the competition for skilled workers.
  • Cost savings and higher productivityStructured health management significantly reduces sick leave. In this way, companies not only save money, but also achieve a consistently high level of productivity with fewer interruptions to operations.
  • Improved safety awareness among the workforceISO 45001 certification raises employee awareness of health and safety issues. The standard requires the active involvement of all employees in their respective work environments. They themselves become multipliers for how safety in the workplace can be achieved sustainably.
  • Integration into an existing management systemISO 45001 is based on the basic structure of all modern management systems, the High Level Structure. This means that health and safety management can be integrated into an existing management system, for example into a system according to ISO 9001 or ISO 14001.
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What are the steps of an ISO 45001 certification?

When companies apply for ISO 45001 certification at DQS, they go through a multi-stage certification process. If a certified management system is already established, the process can be shortened.

In the first step, you discuss your company, your occupational health and safety requirements, and the goals of ISO 45001 certification with us. On this basis, you will promptly receive a detailed and transparent offer, tailored to your individual needs.

After commissioning, we prepare the audit for certification. In order to achieve a high degree of planning reliability, this usually requires coordination rounds for schedules and on-site implementation. If you wish, we can carry out a pre-audit for you. This allows us to identify important starting points so that the certification can be carried out in an even more targeted manner. Both services are optional.

The actual certification audit takes place in two stages: In stage 1 (system analysis), we analyze your management system on site and evaluate it. In the second stage (system audit), the audit takes place on site. Among other things, our auditors examine whether your management system complies with standards and identify potential for improvement. The audit results are presented at a final meeting. If necessary, action plans are agreed upon.

In the course of a comprehensive system evaluation, we prepare a written report. If your company has fulfilled all standard requirements, you will receive the ISO 45001 certificate.

After successful certification, we conduct an annual surveillance audit to ensure that your company continues to meet all the key criteria of ISO 45001. This provides expert support for the continuous improvement of your health and safety management system.

A certificate according to ISO 45001 is valid for three years. Recertification takes place in good time before the certificate expires in order to ensure continued compliance with the requirements of the standard. If the requirements are met, a new certificate is issued.


What does an ISO 45001 certification cost?

The cost of ISO 45001 certification depends on a number of factors. For example, whether your company already has a certified ISO management system plays an important role. In addition, the size of your company as well as the complexity of the health and safety system will have an impact on the price.

For these reasons, the cost of ISO 45001 certification cannot be given as a blanket figure. Contact us - we will be happy to work out a reliable offer for you - individually tailored to your company.

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Why DQS?

  • More than 35 years of experience in the certification of management systems and processes
  • Value-adding analyses of your health and safety management system
  • Auditors with practical experience in the industry
  • Accredited certificates with international acceptance
  • Personal, smooth support from our specialists - regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Individual offers with flexible contract terms without hidden costs
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