Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – ISO 45001 update

Sara Gulo | August 15, 2017

For those of you eagerly awaiting an update on the Occupational Health and Safety Management – ISO 45001 standard, here it is.

The most recent round of voting on the ISO DIS 45001.2 has resulted in majority approval and can move forward towards publication.   The ballot indicated 57 votes of approval, 7 votes of disapproval and 8 abstentions.

The next step will take place in September of 2017, when the PC 283 committee meets in Malaysia to review the approximately 1630 comments received on the Draft International Standard (DIS).    At that time, the committee will determine if the standard will be moved directly to publication, which would mean potentially by the end of 2017, or if an FDIS (Final Draft International Standard) will be necessary.   If an FDIS is deemed necessary, it would delay publication until 2018.

It is intended that the ISO 45001 standard will help organizations reduce the burden of occupational injuries and diseases by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.

Currently, many organizations use OHSAS 18001 for minimum requirements for occupational health and safety management best practice. The intention is that OHSAS 18001 will be replaced by ISO 45001 when published.

DQS Inc. is closely monitoring the development of this standard and is preparing to apply for accreditation as soon as the opportunity is available as well as preparing to offer certification services.

More to come on the progress of this standard after the September meeting!

Candace Orbaugh

Source: ISO.org