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ISO 45001 Standard: Meaning & Certification

Understand the ISO 45001 meaning and discover how to achieve OHSMS certification with our comprehensive guide.

ISO 45001 Meaning

ISO 45001 is an international standard for health and safety at work that enables organizations to provide safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injury and ill health, as well as by proactively improving its OH&S performance. In addition, it enables the fulfilment of legal requirements and other requirements. 

ISO 45001 Certification In Canada

ISO 45001:2018 certification demonstrates that an organization is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace by adhering to rigorous health and safety protocols.

Achieving ISO 45001 certification in Canada or any other geographical region assures an organization and its stakeholders that it has an OHSMS in place and is held accountable for conforming with ISO 45001 Standard by respective Registrars.

During certification process, external Registrar ensures that the organization’s policies, procedures, and supporting documentation conform to the requirements of the ISO 45001 Standard. Being ISO 45001 certified leads to a disciplined and structured approach for a healthy and safe workplace by preventing OHS hazards and risks.

Being ISO 45001 certified enhances due-diligence, stakeholder perception, cost reduction, OHS improvement, process improvement and overall organizational performance excellence.

ISO 45001 Certification Process

Jack Sekhon and Associates assist organizations in obtaining OHSMS certification, guiding them from start to finish in achieving the ISO 45001:2018 certificate in a practical, sequential, and easily understood language. This assistance could be face to face or virtual online. Here are some of the key steps required for the certification:

  • ISO 45001 certification training.
  • Gap analysis of existing OHS practices vs ISO 45001 Standard requirements using ISO 45001 Requirements checklist.
  • Understanding of process approach and risk-based thinking.
  • Identification of documented information.
  • Developing documented information – OHSMS on paper.
  • Implementing OHSMS – Rolling it out.
  • Performance evaluation of OHSMS including compliance obligations evaluation.
  • Stage 1 audit.
  • Stage 2 audit.
  • Continual improvement.
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ISO 45001 Implementation

Jack Sekhon & Associates has a 36 step implementation plan for your ISO 45001 certification project. Here are highlights of that 36 point implementation plan:
  • Deliver ISO 45001 certification training
  • Secure senior management commitment and leadership for ISO 45001 certification project
  • Establish OHSMS certification project scope i.e. complete certification, on-demand consulting/consultant role, on-demand audit management and fractional consulting on contract.
  • Engage leadership and functional groups in process approach and risk based thinking concepts
  • Lead senior management in establishing/acknowledging strategic direction
  • Determine extent of documented information required by ISO 45001:2018 Standard and aligned with strategic planning.
  • Develop documented information, train employees on OHSMS and roll it out.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of OHSMS through internal audit, KPIs and management review.
  • Registrar conducts Stage 1 Audit.
  • Registrar conducts Stage 2 Audit.
  • Identify gaps and develop/implement continual improvement plan.

Why choose JSA for ISO 45001 certification project

Jack Sekhon is a Registered Professional Engineer P. Eng in the Province of B.C. In addition, Jack is a Fellow of Engineers Canada FEC. Furthermore, he holds an interprovincial First-Class Power Engineers certificate. His qualifications also include passing a National Board of Boiler Inspectors examination. Jack is a certified Exemplar Global QMS/EMS/OHSMS Lead Auditor. Jack is extremely knowledgeable in Federal & British Columbia/Alberta/Saskatchewan/Manitoba/Ontario environmental and occupational health and safety statutes and regulations. He is a certified HACCP professional. Read more about Jack.

1. Courses Certified by Exemplar Global-TPECS.
2. Trainer with Professional Engineer’s background and diversified 25 years plus practical experience.
3. Superior Course content with Auditor Focus/real-life case Studies.
4. Course delivery in an easily understood language and not ISO JARGON.
5. Coaching when applying for auditor certification. 

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Benefits of ISO 45001 Certification In Canada

Implementing an ISO 45001 OHS management system will help you assess the overall context of your organization to define who is affected by your work and what they expect from you. This will enable you to clearly state your objectives and identify new business opportunities:

  • More repeat clients, new clients, and diversified business for your organization based on your organization`s improved OHS injury statistics.
  • Lower your WCB premiums by reducing the OHS injury statistics, resulting in cost reduction and efficiency improvements. In addition, this increases productivity, bringing internal costs down.
  • Enhance credibility with statutory and regulatory bodies through improved due diligence.
  • Demonstrate compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
  • Improved employee morale due to safer and healthier workplace.
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Frequently Asked Questions

ISO 45001:2018 is an international standard for health and safety at work developed by national and international standards committees independent of government. Implementing ISO 45001 may help your organization demonstrate compliance with health and safety law.

ISO 45001:2018 enables organizations to provide safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injury and ill health, as well as by proactively improving its OH&S performance. In addition, it enables the fulfilment of legal requirements and other requirements.

The cost to achieve ISO 45001 certification depends upon following factors:

  • Knowledge and awareness of ISO 45001:2018 Standard
  • Extent of existing OHS documents
  • Knowledge and awareness of compliance obligations
  • Organizational culture
  • Knowledge and awareness of process approach and risk-based thinking concepts
  • Organizational size and nature of products/services offered
ISO 45001:2018 OHSMS addresses all 10 clauses of ISO 45001:2018 Standard. ISO 45001:2018 based OHSMS enables organizations to provide safe and healthy workplaces by managing its OHS hazards and risks as well as by proactively improving its OH&S performance. In addition, it enables the fulfilment of legal requirements and other requirements.

Verifying an ISO 45001 certificate involves several key steps to ensure its validity. Here’s a simple guide to help you:

1. Check the International Accreditation Forum (IAF): Visit the IAF website to confirm if the certification body is listed. If it’s not on the IAF list, the certificate is not valid.

2. National Accreditation Body: Verify if the certification is issued by a recognized national accreditation body. These bodies are responsible for accrediting organizations within their respective countries.

3. Expiration Date: Look at the expiration date on the certificate. ISO certifications are typically valid for three years. If the date has passed or is missing, the certificate is invalid.

4. Recertification Status: Ensure the organization has undergone recertification. ISO certifications require renewal every three years. Without recertification, the certificate is not valid.

5. Suspension or Revocation: Check if the certification has been suspended or revoked. Suspended certifications indicate non-compliance, while revoked certifications mean the organization is no longer certified.

6. Third-Party Accreditation: Confirm that the organization is accredited by a reputable third party. Not all accreditation bodies are equal, so ensure the accrediting body is well-regarded.

7. Contact the Certification Body: Reach out to the certification body directly. They can provide the most accurate information on the certificate’s status and the organization’s standing.

By following these steps, you can ensure the ISO 45001 certificate you’re verifying is legitimate and current.

Five out of 17 UN SDGs align with the focus of ISO 45001. These are:

  • Gender equality, decent work and economic growth.
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure.
  • Reduced inequalities.
  • Sustainable cities, and communities.
  • peace, justice, and strong institutions.


ISO 45001 Auditor Training Courses

Health and Safety Articles

  • What is Ohsms? – Learn what is OHSMS, its requirements, benefits, importance, how to implement it and more.
  • Core Elements of Ohsms – Learn about the 10 clauses of Occupational Health & Safety Management System.

Successful OHS Case Studies

Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited

Jack Sekhon and Associates assisted Coca Cola in evaluating compliance with Worksafe Act and Regulations and CSA Environmental Compliance Auditing Standard.
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Ridley Terminals

Jack Sekhon and Associates assisted Ridley Terminals in achieving transformation and evaluation to Integrated Management System (IMS) consisting of QMS, EMS and OHSMS and compliance evaluation for environmental and OHS legal obligations.
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Suncor Energy

Jack Sekhon and Associates assisted Suncor Energy in determining the top 10 high risk OHS processes within their operations.
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