What is the difference between ISO 14001 and ISO 45001?

January 31st, 2020 By Marketing

A common query we are asked to clarify is the difference between ISO 14001 and ISO 45001. Although these standards do have some similarities, they deal fundamentally with different environments.

So what is the difference between ISO 14001 and 45001?

ISO 14001 covers the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS), placing focus on an organisation’s impact on the external environment. The standard aims to reduce an organisation’s waste, pollution and energy consumption.

ISO 45001, on the other hand, focuses on an organisation’s internal environment. Whilst ISO 14001 requires the implementation of an EMS, ISO 45001 is based on an OHSMS (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).
The standard aims to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses and provide a framework for managing health and safety responsibilities.

Getting certified in ISO 14001 displays a commitment to the environment, while ISO 45001 shows a commitment to your employees – so why not implement both?

Have more questions about ISO 45001? Find out everything you need to know here.

For more information about ISO 14001, download our free guide below:


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