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ISO 45001 is an international standard which specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. Regardless of whether your business is big or small, gaining and maintaining ISO 45001 certification shows that your organisation values risk prevention and is committed to ensuring the safety of its employees. Using a holistic approach, this standard provides a comprehensive framework for managing OH&S risks and opportunities with the goal of providing employees a safe and healthy work space. 


Every company is responsible for the physical, psychological and social well-being of its employees. Yet, whilst having solid health and safety procedures in place is crucial for eliminating work-place hazards and minimising unnecessary risks, you’ll find that the benefits also extend to the running of the organisation itself. In fact ISO 45001 is designed to help businesses run more smoothly and efficiently, whilst fostering a positive and safe working environments. These are a few benefits that following this standard can bring to your organisation: 


As this standard’s distinct focus is the health and safety of its employees and consumers, all industries can benefit from becoming ISO 45001 certified. In fact, without restricting itself to fixed requirements and mandates for each industry, ISO 45001 assists a wide-range of organisations in applying OH&S management systems. Accordingly, we’ve identified several industries for whom this certification could prove essential.  

Work with An Expert

For some companies, it might be tempting to read the standard and attempt to implement these processes without receiving any expert guidance. However, this is typically not enough to implement an efficient, long-term management system. A literal interpretation of this standard may easily create an overly bureaucratic management system, yielding the opposite results of what would otherwise be achieved. Instead of a structured system based on the smart analysis of data, you could end up with an overly complicated and inefficient system.  

Instead, hiring an expert consultancy with years of experience is the best way to effectively meet your ISO standards. Make sure to choose an expert you trust, to provide you with a grounded approach that will simplify your life, rather than over-complicate it.  

Certification Bodies

When looking to get ISO certification, choosing to work with the right certification body is a crucial part of the process. It is important to make sure that your certification body is fully accredited, as only these entities are truly qualified to provide ISO certification. In Malta, we have a number of accredited certification bodies, all of whom are able to provide a thorough assessment of the ISO 45001 standard requirements. Luke’s vast amount of experience has allowed him to work with a full range of ISO certification bodies, and he has never failed to help his clients gain ISO accreditation. 


As a Malta Enterprise approved advisor, Luke can help his clients reap the full benefits of currently available funding. Applicable to any business based in Malta, the Government of Malta’s current funding schemes have never been better. The precise amount depending on your company’s size and ownership structure. 

For more information, simply get in touch for a free consultation session! Luke will help you to make the most of the best available funding incentives applicable to your business.


Luke’s approval as a Malta Enterprise approved advisor means that his clients can reap the full benefits of currently available funding schemes. Find out whether you are eligible for funding by getting in touch with Luke!

Funding Opportunities

For companies that are committed to safeguarding the health and safety of their workforce, getting ISO 45001 certification is a crucial milestone. Recognizing the importance of working towards this standard, there are various funding opportunities to be found in Malta. These include: 

  • 50% Tax Credits  
  • cash grants by Malta Enterprise, JobsPlus, & other entities. 
ISO 45001 - Health and Safety

A Closer Look At ISO 45001

What Topics Does It Cover?

Effectively replacing the OHSAS 18001 management system standard, the ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OHSMS) standard was published in March 2018 and remains the most recent and up-to-date version. Using a high-level standard that allows it to be easily implemented alongside other ISO management systems, the 2018 publication follows the same ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ model which defines all of the revised ISO standards. The following shows a brief overview of the topics this standard covers: 

  • Contextualise the Organisation’s OHSMS and define its overarching scope. 
  • Establishing OHMS leadership and worker roles 
  • Planning to identify hazards, and manage OH&S risks and opportunities 
  • Offer support through suitable communication and documentation, as well as competence and awareness. 
  • Operational planning which involves operational control and emergency preparedness and response.  
  • Performance evaluation 
  • Opportunities for corrective action 

Achieving ISO 45001

What Does This Say About Your Organisation?

Although achieving ISO 45001 accreditation is not a legal requirement, owning this certification says a lot about what type of business you are running. Adhering to this standard boasts inherent health and safety benefits but it also sends the right message to you clients, investors and competitors. In a nutshell, getting ISO 45001 certification proves that your organisation: 

  • Values the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of its staff. 
  • Is compliant with the health and safety statutes and requirements. 
  • Understands the business related benefits of hazard and risk management. 
  • Is an industry leader which operates at a level of excellence by implementing the most up-to-date OH&S standard. 
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Frequently Asked Questions

For both employees and employers, workplace safety remains a serious concern. According to the International Organisation for Standardisation, 153 people experience workplace injuries every 15 seconds, some of which can be fatal. Getting ISO 45001 certification is a proactive and internationally trusted approach to preventing workplace incidents, illnesses and fatalities.  

Your ISO 45001 certification will need to be renewed after a period of three years. To maintain your certification, an assessment must be conducted once a year and recertification is issued every three years to ensure that your OH&S systems continue to operate within the ISO 45001 required standards. 

Yes, like other ISO standards that are concerned with different types of management systems - including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 - the ISO 45001 uses a high-level structure. This indicates that the ISO 45001 may be effortlessly integrated within any existing ISO management system. 

The amount of time it takes your company to earn your certification all depends on the size and complexity of your business. Luke will help you to make this process as swift and efficient as possible for your convenience.

Whilst organisations can attempt to optimise their OH&S management systems without certification, ISO 45001 provides a structured approach which is sustainable and internationally trusted. 

Therefore, although it is not necessary, it is a recommended tried-and-tested means of achieving OH&S management. 

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