ISO 45001 Checklist

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

Published 17 Aug 2022

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.

This article will briefly cover the following:

What is an ISO 45001 Audit Checklist?

An ISO 45001 Audit Checklist is used to determine how prepared your organization is for certification. The checklist should cover ISO 45001 audit questions based on the 7 key clauses of the standard which are grouped into the following sections:

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

How to prepare for ISO 45001:2018 certification

Below are steps to get started in achieving certification for ISO 45001:2018: 

  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

Below is an example of a filled out ISO 45001:2018 Audit Checklist.

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.

ISO 45001 FAQs

ISO 45001 is valuable for organizations of all sizes and industries because the standard aims to help in developing a safe working environment. Below are some benefits of certifying for ISO 45001:

  • Reduces workplace injury and illness;
  • Boosts productivity and lowers insurance costs;
  • Gives you a competitive advantage as you publicly demonstrate your commitment to safety and continuous improvement.

Below are requirements of ISO 45001 that can be used by organizations to implement an Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Management system:

  • Determine the context of the organization. (refer to clause 4)
  • Executive leadership should take responsibility in implementing the OH&S system and setting roles and responsibilities within their team. Lastly, draft and publish an OHS policy. (refer to clause 5)
  • Establish plan for actual development and implementation of an ISO compliant OH&S management system. Identify and assess hazards, risks, and opportunity of each hazard. Lastly, establish objectives and goals to address identified risks and to maintain continuous improvement of the OH&S system. (refer to clause 6)
  • Develop support needed to pursue compliance and certification to ISO 45001 through resource, competence, awareness, communication, and documentation. (refer to clause 7)
  • Implement plans and focus on the effectiveness of each. Processes and controls should be established to ensure consistent progress towards OH&S goals. (refer to clause 8)
  • Develop a process for performance evaluation. This will provide the necessary proof needed for compliance or certification. (refer to clause 9)
  • Develop a process for investigations and reporting of incidents and non-conformity. It should be well documented and appropriate corrective actions should be made to aid further improvement plans and effectiveness. (refer to clause 10)

Conducting an internal audit ISO 45001 can be summarized into 5 steps:

  1. Assign an internal auditor
  2. Develop a consistent internal audit program
  3. Use an ISO 45001 audit checklist
  4. Assess findings and generate comprehensive report
  5. Create and implement corrective actions

A general ISO 45001 checklist is 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.

SafetyCulture staff writer

SafetyCulture staff writer

Erick Brent Francisco

Erick Brent Francisco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. As a content specialist, he is interested in learning and sharing how technology can improve work processes and workplace safety. His experience in logistics, banking and financial services, and retail helps enrich the quality of information in his articles.

Erick Brent Francisco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. As a content specialist, he is interested in learning and sharing how technology can improve work processes and workplace safety. His experience in logistics, banking and financial services, and retail helps enrich the quality of information in his articles.