What is ISO 45001 certification cost?

The Standard for Occupational Health and Safety is ISO 45001 (OH&S). Implementing a Health and Safety management systems such as ISO 45001 enables businesses to better manage health and safety hazards while lowering related expenses.

By obtaining the ISO 45001 certification, you can prove that your company employs best practices for its Occupational Health and Safety Management System, which lowers the risk of accidents and legal violations while also enhancing overall performance.

Compliant has a proven record of helping a range of businesses globally to implement this popular standard. We support businesses in becoming ISO 45001 certified by providing an audit proof management system including process, procedures and templates that adhere to all of the clauses within the standard.

To discover more about our health and safety management systems and ISO 45001 certification cost keep reading.

Reasons to invest in ISO 45001

There are several reasons to implement ISO 45001 that will benefit your business:

  • Enhances employee understanding of Health and Safety – Perhaps the most important reason is to improve employee awareness of Health and Safety. Employees take an active part in health and safety issues. Organisations should seek to enhance employee understanding of occupational health and safety threats and provide information and training on how employees can stay safe and secure whilst working.
  • Ensures legal compliance – Establishing operational controls that take into consideration risks and opportunities as well as statutory and other requirements can be made easier with the aid of ISO 45001.
  • Reduces AbsenteeismBetween 2021 and 2022, there were 1123 workplace fatalities, 565,000 non-fatal injuries, and 17 million lost working days as a result of depression or anxiety related to the job. Absenteeism can be reduced by identifying health and safety risks and putting in place effective controls to reduce those risks.
  • Boosts company reputation – Being certified to this standard demonstrates that your business is committed to best health and safety practices with the achievement of an international benchmark. It can also improve stakeholder relationships and attract new clients.
  • Reduces insurance costs – Many organisations can gain from lower insurance premiums by demonstrating that they have an efficient occupational health and safety management system in place.
  • Helps to manage H&S compliance issues better – Reduce the overall costs of events and downtime by increasing your awareness of and capacity to address regulatory compliance issues using ISO 45001.
  • Identifies hazards easily – By effectively identifying hazards and the health and safety risks connected to your activities you can work to either eliminate or reduce these risks’ and their consequences.

Understanding the difference between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001

Older versions of the standard such as OHSAS 18001 mainly addresses the risks given by an organisation. In March 2021, the OHSAS 18001 Certification was replaced by the ISO 45001 Certification.

Both OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 strive to continuously improve through risk reduction while lowering deaths, injuries, and illnesses through a structured method to discovering, assessing, and controlling risk.

Regarding the standards’ content and organisation, there are some variances. The high-level structure of ISO 45001 is similar to that of other international standards like ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Compliant offers consultancy support on all 3 certifications and can even deliver an integrated management system incorporating all 3.

Instead of using a standards-based strategy, ISO 45001 assists users in managing risk as a business process. The ongoing improvement methodology is supported by the addition of opportunity management and risk management to ISO 45001, which is one of the key enhancements.

Another significant improvement is the integration of corporate strategy with health and safety, as well as the expanded role of leadership.

What type of businesses and invest in ISO 45001?

Compliant has supported as wide range of businesses in implementing ISO 45001 from engineering companies and manufacturers to service delivery businesses. Many companies decide to invest in ISO 45001 to support tendered work and bid submissions.

Contracts can cover anything from government opportunities to long-term contract work as a supplier of a good or service to a bigger conglomerate. But regardless of the kind of contract, the procedures for submitting a bid are generally the same.

In the majority of cases having ISO certification in place will support your submission. We have supported businesses in winning a range of contracts and accessing supplier lists including the NHS framework.

Going above and above to become certified might give your company an advantage.

ISO 45001 certification cost

ISO 45001 certification cost varies dependant to your organisation’s size, complexity, and whether you already have some components of a health and safety management system in place. One of the biggest factors that influences ISO 45001 certification cost is the number of offices that your business operates from.

In getting started with ISO 45001 your business has 2 options:

  1. Create everything independently (This includes documentation, training, etc.) using the standard as a guide.

You are in the ideal position to document your procedures because you are the expert on your company. However, it is worth considering whether you have the time to produce all of the documentation to ensure audit success. You also need to account for time needed to be available to the auditor. For example, in an ISO 9001 audit you will need at least 1 day per year.

  1. Engage an ISO consultant to work with you throughout the process.

If you have limited staff numbers or expertise, engaging an ISO consultant such as Compliant is definitely the best option.

Compliant will carry out an introductory meeting with your business, followed by a full GAP analysis. If any gaps are identified during this analysis we will work with your business to build up appropriate documentation – providing templates where necessary.

One of our lead auditors will also be available throughout your audit day to liaise directly with your auditor, allowing you to get on with your day job.

We also offer ongoing support which is a popular choice with most of our clients. You can discover more about our ongoing support here.

ISO 45001 certification cost: things to consider before investing in ISO 45001

It is worth looking at the benefits and drawbacks when thinking about investing in ISO and ISO 45001 certification cost. Consider the following:

  1. Can it be completed in-house – Analyse your current health and safety framework and identify areas that need addressing. Are these areas that can be addressed internally, or do you need outside help?
  2. Is your current approach to health and safety flexible – can it be modified to easily to accommodate business growth?
  3. Employee commitment – You will need significant buy in from all employees especially top management. Do you have the time and resources to embed ISO 45001 properly across your organisation?
  4. Customer commitment – Consider the implications for your customers. Will having ISO 45001 add value to your products or services?

If you need support exploring any of the areas above a Teams meeting with a team member from Compliant can be arranged.

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Benefits of investing in ISO 45001

Implementing ISO 45001 certification necessitates taking proactive measures to enhance health and safety management, which benefits an organisation in a variety of ways:

  • Establish systems to control the health and safety risks and hazards that are pertinent to your business.
  • Control your health and safety hazards to establish secure working environments.
  • Show that you care about the wellbeing and safety of your staff.
  • Involve staff in the process and help them feel involved in business development.
  • Confirm that you are adhering to all applicable legal standards for occupational health and safety.
  • Reduce the amount of downtime, insurance costs, fines, and potential liabilities.

Implementing a health and safety management system such as ISO 45001 is an effective strategy for lowering risk, sustaining a culture of safety, and boosting productivity. If you have any enquiries about health and safety management systems or ISO 45001 we can help. Compliant has a proven track record and has helped a range of businesses in getting started with this popular ISO certification. Discover the benefits of ISO 45001 in a previous article of ours here.

How to become certified to ISO 45001

Once you’ve implemented an ISO 45001 management system with Compliant, certification is a reasonably simple process. The International Standards Organisation (ISO) does not provide certification; obtaining certification requires working with a recognised third party. Compliant has established successfully relationships with all of the main certification bodies and can pass cost savings from these partnerships directly onto our clients.

The fundamental steps to becoming ISO 45001 certified are:

  • Create and implement a management system with ISO 45001.
  • Plan an audit with a recognised outside party.
  • Book your stage 1 audit – an auditor will examine your procedures and implementation.
  • Fix any compliance problems found during the audit, if necessary.
  • An ISO 45001 certificate will be given to you once you have satisfied all the requirements.

If you would like to explore an integrated management system with Compliant to gain more than one certification at once, we can provide a quotation. An integrated management system combines all aspects of an organisation’s systems, processes, and standards. This integration allows for a much more streamlined approach and can be a cost-effective way of becoming certified.

This is worth considering if ISO 45001 certification cost is a big factor in your decision. Implementing more than one certification at once can keep costs down.

Explore the benefits of integrated management systems here.

HSE and Health and Safety Management systems

HSE explains that a formal management system or framework can help you effectively manage health and safety. HSE’s view of ISO 45001 is as follows:

“Implementing ISO 45001 may help your organisation demonstrate compliance with health and safety law. But, in some respects, it goes beyond what the law requires, so consider carefully whether to adopt it.

If your organisation already has a developed health and safety management structure, or you’re familiar with other management standards, it may be straightforward for you to adopt ISO 45001.

HSE’s guide on managing for health and safety (HSG 65) may help your organisation as it provides a clear process-based approach to risk management. However, adopting a formalised management system approach, whether HSG65 or ISO 45001, may not be the most appropriate model for your businesses, particularly if it’s small or low-risk.”

Regardless of a company’s size, it is best practice to have health and safety policies in place for employee wellbeing.


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Getting started with Compliant

Implementing ISO 45001 makes it possible to provide a secure and reliable environment for workers and other stakeholders in the company. Businesses and senior management can improve their health and safety operations thanks to the standard. Meeting the requirements ensures that you’ll monitor trends and consider your alternatives. You will take preventative steps as a company with an ISO 45001 certification to try and lessen the likelihood of major problems.

An added benefit of partnering with Compliant is that all our ISO certifications are UKAS accredited. Wondering why you should invest in UKAS accredited certifications rather than non-UKAS? The answer is simple. The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the sole national accreditation body for the United Kingdom.

View our ‘Why invest in UKAS accredited certifications rather than non-UKAS’ article for more information.

All you need to do to get started with ISO 45001 is complete our FREE quote calculator here and a member of our team will get in touch with you directly.