ISO 45001 - Occupational health and safety

ISO 45001: the international standard for occupational health and safety
occupational health and safety

Looking for better performance? Create a safe and healthy work environment with ISO 45001.

Lower costs, a stronger reputation and better performance. As an organisation you want nothing more. How do you make it happen? By creating a safe and healthy work environment with ISO 45001. This international management standard is suitable for every organisation with employees. Whether you’re a micro-enterprise, SME, large company or even a multinational. Do you work for a government body, research institution or NGO? Then this standard is also perfect for you.

The benefits for your organisation

What are the advantages of a health and safety policy based on ISO 45001? We list the top eight benefits for you below:

  • Fewer accidents and illnesses

    The main advantage of ISO 45001? Fewer illnesses and accidents.

  • Prove the safety and health of your work environment with a certificate

    By getting started with ISO 45001, you boost your employees' mental well-being and increase their productivity.

  • Lower costs

    Your insurance premiums? They go down. Your employee retention? That goes up. As a result, you have less need for short- or long-term replacements.

  • Stronger reputation

    Interested in gaining more prestige in the outside world? With ISO 45001, you enjoy a rock-solid reputation for well-being and safety.

  • More engagement

    Thanks to ISO 45001, you actively involve everyone in your policy. Even board members. This is how you create a real culture around health and safety on the shop floor.

  • Suited to your needs

    Public sector? Private? Large or small? Every organisation, regardless of sector, can apply this standard in a way that meets their needs.

  • Good for your employer branding

    Thanks to ISO 45001, you have an edge over other employers who don’t work with this standard. Because with you, candidates can be sure they’ll have a healthy and safe working environment.

  • In line with the SDG's

    Are you working with a management system for occupational health and safety? Then you’re contributing to many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. For example, SDG 3 (good health and well-being), SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and SDG 10 (reduce inequality).

'Employees not only expect a healthy and safe work environment. They also perform better when there is assurance about their health and safety.'
Heidi Vandenhende
trainer for ISO 45001 at NBN Learning Solutions

Create a safe and healthy work environment

Prove the safety and health of your work environment with a certificate

Getting certified is not mandatory. But it’s definitely worth considering.


  • External audits allow management to better identify and manage risks and opportunities.
  • You don't just say you have your employees' best interests at heart. You also prove it. A certificate is good for your image and creates trust with your prospects, customers, suppliers, shareholders, partners and employees.
  • As a certified organisation, your chances of winning tenders increase. In fact, more and more government bodies are making strong performance around occupational health and safety a condition for awarding tenders.
  • Getting certified means regular audits. Which means your health and safety policy keeps getting better and better.

Want to know more about certification? You can read all about it here.

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Higher sales: You constantly respond to the needs of your customers and increase their satisfaction. This is how you put them first. Result: you ensure customer loyalty, attract new customers and increase your turnover.
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Demonstrable quality: With the ISO 9001 quality management system, you show your customers and other stakeholders that you provide reliable products or services.
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Lower costs: Thanks to the four-step cycle, you reduce the likelihood of errors. Your organisation also works more efficiently, reducing the time and resources you need to invest in it.
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Greater flexibility: You put a strong focus on risks and opportunities. This allows you to respond optimally to changes in the market and within your organisation. Thanks to this high adaptability, you stay one step ahead of the competition.
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New markets: Does your organisation operate internationally? Then ISO 9001 is an important tool for bringing in new customers.
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Greater customer satisfaction: You don't just say you’re customer-centric, you show you are. You do this by meeting, or even exceeding, your customers’ expectations and needs.
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Better overview: You evaluate your entire organisation. This gives you a strong foundation for your business goals and for uncovering new opportunities.
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Tailored to each organisation: You can use ISO 9001 for any type of organisation, whether small or large, private or public, NGO, college, hospital, etc.
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Strong commitment: You actively involve your own employees in the quality management system. This gives them more responsibility and trust, leading to higher productivity and satisfaction in the workplace.

Getting started with ISO 45001

Want to create a safe and healthy work environment to improve performance? You can do that by adopting the international standard ISO 45001.

Get started with ISO 45001

Want to know how to implement ISO 45001? Then follow the online basic training or the expert training course.

The online basic training consists of an interactive learning platform about ISO 45001. This allows you to quickly learn the basics about health and safety in the workplace using theory, examples, videos and exercises.  

Keen to expand your expertise? Then follow our expert training course. This course consists of four parts: an introduction to ISO 45001, two classroom-based sessions, and a final test with a presentation.

Learn more about expert training

One step further?

Occupational health doesn’t only mean physical health and safety, of course. As a modern and responsible organisation, you’re also committed to supporting the mental health and safety of your staff. How do you do that? ISO 45003 gives you crystal-clear guidelines for managing psychosocial risks in the work environment.

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