ISO 45001 Audit Checklists

Be guided by ISO 45001 checklists and align your OH&S with the ISO 45001 standard

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Published December 10th, 2020

What is ISO 45001:2018?

ISO 45001:2018 is an international standard for the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) management system. It serves as a framework in establishing, implementing, maintaining, and improving an occupational health and safety management system for organizations. Failure to comply can lead to workplace accidents and diseases, lawsuits, and cost overruns.

What is an ISO 45001 Checklist?

An ISO 45001 checklist is a tool used to assess an organization’s OH&S management system and determine how aligned it is with the ISO 45001 standard. As a checklist that contains the important points of the ISO standard, an ISO 45001 checklist can be used by companies when preparing for ISO certifications.

This article will briefly cover the following:

ISO 45001 Audit Checklist

You can use this downloadable sample template as your ISO 45001 gap analysis checklist to determine how prepared your organization is for certification. This checklist covers ISO 45001 audit questions based on 7 key clauses of the standard and grouped according to the following sections:

  • Context of the organization
  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Support
  • Operation
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Improvement

5 Steps to prepare for ISO 45001:2018 certification

  1. Obtain a copy of ISO 45001:2018.
  2. Identify gaps in the existing OH&S Management System by conducting a gap analysis or readiness test to meet ISO 45001:2018 requirements
  3. Develop an implementation plan using the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle
  4. Define your organization’s competency and training requirements for ISO 45001:2018
  5. Ensure competence needs are met and that all parties involved are kept in the loop.

ISO 45001 Audit Report Sample

ISO 45001:2018 Auditing Tool

Paper-based audits can be burdensome and time-consuming. Time spent on documentation and manual filing of records can be better spent addressing the actual hazards found during audits. iAuditor by SafetyCulture, a powerful mobile auditing app, can help organizations comply with regulatory requirements and eliminate workplace dependence on paper checklists. iAuditor lets you:

  • Create mobile-ready ISO checklists
  • Empower teams to conduct efficient monitoring procedures and analysis using a smartphone or tablet
  • Save hours in report writing with a mobile app that generates comprehensive reports as you finish an audit
  • Save all reports online and automatically share it with members of your organization. Preview a sample report here.
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Here is a collection of our carefully prepared workplace safety checklists you can browse and use as part of achieving ISO 45001 certification and ongoing compliance.


Erick Brent Francisco

SafetyCulture staff writer

As a staff writer for SafetyCulture, Erick is interested in learning and sharing how technology can improve work processes and workplace safety. Prior to SafetyCulture, Erick worked in logistics, banking and financial services, and retail.