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DIN ISO 45001:2018

Occupational Health and Safety

- The Value of a Healthy Organisation -

ISO 45001?

DIN ISO 45001:2018

The most important resource in your organisation is the physical and psychological health of your staff. Designing a safe work environment with safe processes in accordance with legal requirements is the basis for protecting staff health. 

In order to successfully integrate occupational health and safety (OHS) procedures, an actively planned systematic approach to applicable preventative, sensible procedures and goals, is necessary. 

An accredited certification of your Occupational Health and Safety System in accordance with DIN ISO 45001:2018, in short ISO 45001, will enable your organisation to effectively support your staff health as well as support your OHS procedures.

ISO 45001


When ISO 45001 was introduced in 2018, it replaced the internationally recognised OHSAS 18001, which was introduced in 2007. Consequently, its OHS requirements were absorbed into an ISO Standard following the “High-Level-Structure”. This structure allows the integration of further management systems that follow the same structure. These are: ISO 9001, ISO 50001, ISO 27001, and ISO 14001.


The core goals of ISO 45001 are to ensure and continually improve the following:

  • The results of the OHS management systems

  • The prevention of work-related injuries and illness among staff

  • A healthy work environment

It is important for your organisation to prevent work-related hazards and lower OHS risks. This can be done by implementing preventative and safety measures.


The individual chapters of ISO 45001 can easily be divided into the PDCA Cycle (Plan-Do-Check-Act). This cycle decides further standards, such as the “Process Approach” and “Risk-Based Thinking”. 

The Process Approach is centred around the organisation's processes. For this to work, all processes and their respective interactions within the organisation need to be managed and named. This allows the organisation to steer processes towards the desired organisational and OHS goals. 


Risk-Based thinking is used to identify internal and external risks as well as opportunities that could impact the organisation. Appropriate actions can be taken to address risks or chances and can be monitored to ensure their success. 

Additionally, handling accidents, emergencies and first aid are part of the OHS management system. 


Focus on Occupational Health and Safety

  • Enhancement of Occupational Safety

    • The constant enhancement of occupational safety will make adjusting to changing requirements easier.

  • Reduce Cost and Time Investment

    • Consequential damages and delays in your day-to-day business can be reduced through minimised staff shortages.

  • Minimise Risks and Maximise Opportunities 

    • Consistent and continuous risk and opportunity management allows you to act instead of react in the right moments.

  • Enhance Competitiveness / Market Acceptance

    • A certified OHSMS can make new customer acquisition easier as well as lower barriers to entry.

  • Enrichment through CEA Expertise 

    • The CEA Certification GmbH is a German, internationally recognised certification authority. Profit from our know-how and the expertise of our experts and auditors.

Transitioning from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001


If you are interested in transitioning from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001, we recommend a structured approach. In most cases, no deep-reaching changes need to be made to the existing management system. 


  • Create an expert team of OHS officers and health experts

  • Make sure you fully understand ISO 45001 and the differences to OHSAS 18001

  • Use a GAP analysis to create a measurement plan that will allow you to adjust your management system

  • Implement your procedures in accordance with your measurement plan within your processes, leadership positions and responsibilities

  • Sensitise your staff, suppliers and service providers to the changes of ISO 45001

  • Complete an internal audit and a management review in accordance with ISO 45001

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