• Phil Potter

ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Standard – Clause 4 – Context of the Organisation

This is a new clause but lines up nicely with your 2015 versions of Quality and Environmental Standards systems or your IMS/QHSE systems.


This clause is broken up into the following four sections:

4.1 Understanding the organization and its context

What do you do and what are the issues you face in conducting your business? These can be positive or negative and can include conditions, characteristics or changing circumstances that can affect your Safety System. Some examples can be seen below...


External issues:

  • Financial

  • Legal

  • Cultural

  • Political

  • Technological

Internal Issues:

  • The existing safety culture in the organization

  • The perceptions and values of workers

  • Information and documentation

  • Working conditions


4.2 Understanding the needs and expectations of workers and other interested parties

Do you understand the needs and expectations of your workers, clients, suppliers, subcontractors and what regulatory and statutory requirements do you have to meet.


Refer to this week’s free resource for a breakdown of these requirements: Needs and expectations of workers and other interested parties.


4.3 Determining the scope of your OHS management system

How do you determine your scope? What do you do? This may take into consideration things like transport companies, architects, and manufacturers.


The scope should take into account everything your organisation has control of or things that could affect the OHS performance.


You need to define the boundaries and applicability of the Safety System.


4.4 OHS Management System

You need to commit to establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving your OHS Management System.


The key to this requirement is to what level you will integrate your safety system into the business processes. Safety isn’t just a job for the Safety person or team it should be the responsibility of everybody.

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