ISO 45001: Safety and Health in the Supply Chain


A fundamental aspect that you must consider is that a company cannot work with a model in each area independently, they will always need to be in constant connection with the other areas in order to achieve the same objective. And just as there must be this link within a company, there is also a link in the supply chain.

The supply chain is a sequence of processes that are carried out in the interest of satisfying the needs of end customers. Within this chain there are, in general, the following partners:

  • Direct or indirect supplier
  • Manufacturer
  • Carrier
  • Trader
  • Direct or indirect customer

The same that make up the strength of each sector of the industry; construction, marketing, pharmaceutical, etc. All companies are part of the supply chain either at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of the processes that include the:

  • Raw material procurement
  • Manufacture and transformation of raw materials
  • Distribution of the product
  • Purchase and sale of the product or service

The supply chain also faces challenges that have to be overcome in order for the processes to be carried out properly, for example:

  • Rapid creation of new products
  • Vulnerability to crises
  • National and international agreements
  • Legal regulations
  • Workplace accidents

It is important to highlight the vulnerability to crises and accidents at work. It is true that your company must have security, in all aspects, for workers to perform their tasks without any problem, however, although it sounds easy, it is a complex and essential responsibility to take care of the integrity of your employees.


Your company as part of the supply chain plays an important role, but if your staff is not in optimal conditions it will not achieve its goals with satisfaction nor your company its overall objective.

ISO standards were created to promote the growth and sustainability of companies. Among the most demanded standards are ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environmental) and ISO 45001 focused on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) through the implementation of an OSH Management System.

ISO 45001 allows your company to foresee any misfortune, whether it is a fall, a blow or an illness, through risk management. Employees are the powerhouse of your company and without them it would not be possible to manufacture, handle or sell your product or service.

With the implementation of your OSH Management System and its certification you can achieve the welfare of your employees, and have as a consequence…

  • Increased productivity
  • Safety and motivation
  • Job satisfaction
  • Reduction of accidents
  • Less stress
  • Better work environment
  • Employee participation

In addition, you will be complying with the laws of your country in the applicable matter, since each ISO standard takes into account the mandatory regulations and local laws that companies must comply with.

ISO 45001


Constant improvement is one of the principles of ISO standards, and Occupational Health and Safety systems are no exception.

Some of the aspects taken into account in this standard are:

Employees have the necessary work equipment to protect them from shocks or substances harmful to their health.
The work area is adequate for the work to be performed.
The pertinent danger or risk warnings are posted.
Emergency protocols are in place.
That risks are managed.
That employees have the necessary training.
Incident management.

With this standard your company can grow and develop continuously, always exceeding expectations, gaining the trust of your employees and your customers, since every time people who buy a product or service pay attention to the conditions in which your potential supplier has its human capital.

In QAlliance we are pleased to be able to support you in your ISO 45001 certification process that will allow you to take care of your staff, stand out from your competition and get a great competitive advantage, contact us!

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