Workplace is defined in the standard ISO 45001:2018 as “place under the control of the organization where a person needs to be or to go for work purposes.”
Workplace is important and is of-course a physical entity with defined periphery. Big Organization with bigger workplaces employ area managers as responsible for the area.
Check for mandatory documents for workplace in list of documents required by ISO 45001.
Moreover the scope of the occupational health and safety management system is also re-validated with the site visit of the workplace.
The organization‘s responsibility for a workplace is dependent on the level of control the organization has on the workplace. The area within the management of an organization has its direct control thus the workplace is completely under the control of the organization. If the workplace is at the contractor premises, then organization can only influence the contractor’s workplace but cannot control it solely.