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ISO 45001:2018

Health & Safety

It is becoming more and more important that organisations can demonstrate that they are thinking about their health & safety duties. But it is not just a case of ‘doing the right thing’, there’s also a strong business case to putting in place a strong health and safety management system.

Putting in place ISO 45001:2018 systems will not only benefit the workforce but will also reduce costs and improve efficiency within the organisation. ISO 45001 certification is relatively new and was created to reduce workplace injuries around the world. It effectively replaced OHSAS 18001:2007, which wasn’t an ISO standard but was adopted by many countries.

An important benefit of gaining ISO 45001 certification is the ability to get onto the supply chain lists or potential clients who insist on a formal health and safety accreditation. In addition, benefits of meeting ISO 45001 requirements are:

  • ​Minimising the risks of production delays; providing a safe environment to do business

  • Demonstrating your commitment to maintain and continually improve an effective health and safety environment, and meet legal obligations

  • Improving your reputation and increasing your opportunities to gain new business

  • Cost savings from lower public liability insurance premiums

  • ​And much more...

How to get ISO 45001:2018 Health & Safety certification


An ISO 45001 Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) gives you a world-class framework to operate within, and we will help you to achieve ISO 45001 requirements in an innovative way by showing you how to examine what you already do as an organisation and fitting this around the standard, rather than making you change established ways of working to fit in with a set view of the standard.

We will show you that the ISO 45001 compliance process can be quite straightforward by:

  • reviewing the arrangements you have and identify what else you need to achieve ISO health and safety certification;

  • formulate a plan to address any gaps between what you have and what you need;

  • help you to develop any policies, procedures and processes required in support of your health and safety management system;

  • show you how to identify and evaluate the aspects of your business that can impact on health and safety;

  • show you how to conduct internal audits of your organisation.


In order to reduce the risk of prosecution and maintain a preventative approach to health and safety, businesses should:

  • Develop and regularly review their health and safety policies;

  • Properly assess the risks posed by their activities;

  • Consult their employees about anything that could significantly affect their health and safety at work; and

  • Seek the advice of competent health and safety professionals to ensure that they are discharging their legal duties.

  • How long does it take to get certification?
    We will put you in touch with one of our ISO experts who have extensive experience implementing business management systems, and will provide you with the relevant support for implementation of ISO requirements. They will help you to implement the different tools needed to comply with your chosen standard(s). When your systems are ready to be audited (i.e. they all comply with the requirements of the standard or standards you are implementing) AAA will undertake an audit to award you certification which is accredited through the ASCB, one of the leading international accreditation bodies in the world.
  • Why should I get certification from AAA?
    The fact is that any company can audit you and give you a piece of paper saying that you are ISO compliant (to whichever standard) but frankly this does not mean very much. For credibility, you should find an accredited Certification Body. This is where AAA comes in, and this means that we, in turn, have been audited by the Accreditation Service for Certifying Bodies, or ASCB. This will ensure that you get ASCB accredited certification.
  • How much will it cost?
    In reality, the actual price depends on the size, complexity and risk exposure of your company and, of course, which standards you are looking to achieve. After getting this information, our audit costs are calculated on a 'whole of job' basis. This means that you pay one price - our quotation - and no other additional costs, such as day rates, auditor travel and accommodation expenses, administration fees, etc. It's also important to take into account something called the certification cycle (see the following tab for this in more detail). But to get your initial certification, as well as the size and complexity of your organisation, there is the consideration of how many standards you are asking us to audit. One standard could be as few as two days, and then would increase to three days for two standards, then four days for three standards, etc. Just get in touch for a no-obligation quote.
  • What is the Certification Cycle?
    It's important to recognise ISO certification is not a single event, but rather an ongoing process that ensures your business complies with the requirements of its chosen standard. The certification cycle is a three-year programme which starts with the Stage One audit. We investigate whether or not you have successfully managed to comply with the proposed scope and the targets you have set for your company. While this may show up some weaknesses and areas for improvement, this process is designed to be constructive, preparing you for the Stage Two audit. Typically around 30 days later you will then have a Stage Two audit. This confirms that your processes and systems are free from nonconformities. Again, we will evaluate your performance and efficiency and make the recommendations for certification. There may still be a need to address nonconformities following this audit, but it's at this point you get your ISO certification. The following two years will see annual Surveillance Audits by us. During these, all the elements covered in the Stage Two audit are re-assessed with a view to ensuring that all the original systems and processes are operating as specified and producing the correct outcomes. Following these two years of Surveillance Audits, you will then get a Recertification Audit. Your ISO certificate is valid for three years after its initial issue. Recertification requires you to undergo an audit similar to the initial auditing process without the need for a Stage One audit.
  • Why should you use AAA?
    We pride ourselves on giving you the following: A simple yet highly effective management system to implement, which will add genuine improvement to the way you operate A cost-effective solution to certification - we use easy-to-understand, upfront and highly competitive pricing Our ongoing audits are centred around improving your business, not simply telling you what you already know about your organisation We are here help and advise, and to show what is necessary to ensure that your systems will reach the required level for certification, showing you how to meet the various requirements. You can also spread the cost by choosing to pay in simple monthly or quarterly instalments which we can set up to suit you - there's no interest charges, it's simply a recognition of the fact that some businesses may struggle with cashflow, so we're making it as easy as possible in order to lighten your load.

Maureen Makanza,

Managing Director,

Hive Occupational Health

Working with AAA has been fantastic. They are tremendously positive and focussed on getting us certified

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Gary Durham,
Quality Manager,
TR Fabrications Ltd

They fully understood the workings of our company so that we had a system which truly fitted us

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Paul Gerrard O'Donohoe,
Managing Director,

They approached the certification process form a standpoint of real-world business benefits

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