Draft BS ISO 45002 Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems — General Guidelines


This draft standard has been issued by the British Standards Institute (BSI). It explains that an occupational health and safety (OH&S) system aims to provide a framework for managing OH&S risks and addressing opportunities, and for managing risks and opportunities to the management system itself. The intended outcomes of the OH&S management system are to continually improve the OH&S performance, to fulfil legal requirements and other requirements, and to achieve the OH&S objectives.


This document is intended to give guidance on how to implement the requirements in ISO 45001:2018 in any type of organization. Where ISO 45001:2018 states what needs to be done, this document expands on that and gives guidance, including examples, on how it can be done.


The document is intended to be used in conjunction with ISO 45001:2018.


The OH&S management system approach applied in this document, is founded on the concept of Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA). The PDCA concept is an iterative process used by organizations to achieve continual improvement. It can be applied to an OH&S management system and to each of its individual elements, as follows:

  • Plan: determine and assess OH&S risks, OH&S opportunities and other risks and other opportunities that can influence the intended outcomes of the OH&S management system, establish OH&S objectives and processes necessary to deliver results in accordance with the organization’s OH&S policy.

  • Do: implement the processes as planned.

  • Check: monitor and measure activities and processes with regard to the OH&S policy and OH&S objectives, and report the results.

  • Act: take actions to continually improve the OH&S performance to achieve the intended outcomes.

The PDCA concept and relationship to this document is shown.


Comments on this draft are invited by 5 December 2021. Click here to see the draft.


British Standards Institute October 2021

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