Occupational Health and Safety Certification

Since the publication of OHSAS 18001 in 2007 and later launching of the first international occupational health and safety standard ISO 45001 in 2018 progressive businesses have sought Independent Third-Party Certification of their management systems in seeking to go beyond compulsory measures and promote continuous improvement in health and safety matters.

What is CARES OH&S Management System Certification to ISO 45001?

A management system dealing with the requirements of ISO 45001 provides a framework for a structured, systematic approach to the achievement of its aims and objectives, enabling also to proactively improve its OH & S performance in preventing injury and ill-health. Like ISO 9001 or ISO 14001, it is a ‘common sense’ set of requirements designed to monitor and improve the occupational health and safety performance, putting in place a basic set of management controls in place within a formalised documented system. ISO 45001 also enables the firm to integrate its OH&S with other management systems such as with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 as they all have been designed according to Annex XL which is the overarching high-level structure having identical core text applicable to all management systems, meanwhile additional discipline-specific requirements are applicable to each relevant management system standard.

It can be applied to a business of any size and discipline and therefore is also suitable for use by firms in the reinforced concrete and steel manufacturing and processing sectors.

Why is it needed?

The key benefits from implementing an effective Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) management system include:

  • provision of a safer and healthier working environment in which rate of incidents have been also reduced together with reduced downtime, disruption of operations, absenteeism and employee turnover rates.
  • ISO 45001 crosses geographic, political, economic, commercial and social boundaries and sets a single benchmark for the management of occupational health and safety.
  • a structured approach to review legal requirements and a strengthened response to regulatory compliance issues.
  • understanding the firm’s strategic context and engagement with interested parties.
  • strong involvement of top management which demonstrates a leadership and commitment with respect to the management system and to ensure consultation and participation of workers in the development, planning, implementation and continual improvement of the OH&S management system and integration of OH&S management into business processes.
  • Improved ability of firm to identify and manage risks more effectively across the whole system, making it more resilient that contribute to further improvement in OH&S performance and improved worker safety.
  • ISO 45001 is based on Annex SL (ISO high level structure HLS) that brings a common framework to all management systems, helping to keep consistency, alignment with different management system standards such as ISO 9001 & ISO 14001, and apply common language across all integrated system.

Construction clients, designers and contractors are under ever increasing pressure to be 'best practice' operators in many respects and health and safety considerations are becoming much more important in this respect. They therefore look to suppliers of products and services to also behave in a responsible manner, with accompanying the credentials.

Operational Health and Safety management system certification therefore makes sense!

How do you achieve certification?

Firms wishing to achieve certification must operate in accordance with a documented quality management system that satisfies the requirements of ISO 45001.

Firms that wish to embark on the path to operational health and safety management systems certification can contact CARES to obtain some guidance on how to proceed.

The assessment procedure commences with a detailed review of the Management System Manual against the requirements of ISO 45001. Providing the Management System Manual meets the requirements of ISO 45001, a two-stage assessment of the firm’s system is carried out. The assessment team may comprise one or more auditors depending upon the size and complexity of the firm's activities. After a successful assessment and the payment of fees a Certificate of Approval will be issued.

Why choose CARES?

Achieving certification to ISO 45001 requires considerable effort and commitment from a company. It is often the beginning of improved process and business performance. CARES provides free marketing support to promote successful certification and allows a certificated firm to display the relevant CARES " ISO 45001 management system certification mark" on publicity and stationery. 

All approved companies are automatically included in the CARES Approved Firms section of this website.

Having invested so much in an Operational Health and Safety Management system, please entrust an assessment to a certification body that understands the product, processes and supply chain.