The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed the ISO 45001 standard for occupational health and safety management systems. This new standard is designed to help organizations improve their safety performance, reducing the number of workplace accidents and injuries. ISO 45001 Certification was first released in March 2018 and has been gaining popularity among businesses around the world. In May 2018, the Sri Lankan government announced that it would be adopting ISO 45001 as its national standard for occupational health and safety.
The adoption of ISO 45001 is a major milestone for Sri Lanka, which has one of the highest rates of workplace accidents in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Sri Lanka currently has the fourth-highest rate of workplace fatalities in the world, with 55 deaths per 100,000 workers.