OH&S – update on the development of the new international standard

May 19, 2017

At the February 2017 meeting of the ISO Project Committee 283 – a decision was made to publish a second version of ISO 45001 Draft International Standard.

ISO 45001 will be the world's first occupational health and safety international standard published by the International Organization for Standardization. It is currently going through the review and approval stages by the interested parties.

The standard is intended to enable an organisation to provide a safe and healthy workplace for its workers and other people, prevent deaths, work-related injury and ill-health as well as continually improve the organisation's OH&S performance.

With 65 countries participating in the development of this first ISO standard for occupational health and safety management it is not surprising there have been so many comments on the 1st draft. The good news is the majority approval confirms the overall direction and content of ISO 45001 and initial enthusiasm from the National Standards Bodies for 45001 remains high. The work to review and act on the 3000+ comments constitutes the ‘heavy lifting’ for PC 283 and we look forward to a smoother passage through the standards development process thereafter.

Paul Simpson

Global Policy, Risk and Certification

The second version of ISO 45001 Draft International Standard (DIS 2) was released on May 19, 2017 for a ballot period ending on July, 13 2017. The ballot period allows for translation and public comments.

PC 283 is due to meet again in the week commencing September 18, 2017. A Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) of ISO 45001 is due to be released in November 2017.

ISO have identified an “expected” publication date of February 2018 for the published version of ISO 45001.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
  • Are you currently certified to OHSAS 18001 or AS/NZS 4801?

Prior to the new standard, your audit activities will continue as currently scheduled. Once the new standard is published, we will be in touch with you to discuss your pathway to migrate to the new standard.

No announcement has been made yet by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). A 3-year period is generally applied to enable Certified organisations to migrate from an existing standard (such as AS/NZS 4801:2001 or OHSAS 18001) to a new standard (ISO 45001) will apply.

After the three-year period it is likely that AS/NZS 4801:2001 and BS OHSAS 18001 will be withdrawn.

In the meantime, we can assist with training and information  to help you prepare.

  • Are you considering implementing an Occupational Health and Safety Management System?

An effective Occupational Health and Safety Management System can help to bring real improvements, insights and assurance to your business. The management of one of your most important risks, that of the health and safety of your employees and customers, is one of the most challenging and rewarding activities in a business.

If you are already operating under a third party certified management system such as the ISO 14001: 2015 or ISO 9001: 2015 Standard, your migration to the new OHS Standard will be much easier.

This structure of ISO 45001 is consistent with the structure of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 - enabling efficient integration of OHS management into existing management systems. This consistent structure is as follows:

  1. Scope
  2. Normative Reference
  3. Terms and Definition
  4. Context of the Organization
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Operation
  9. Performance Evaluation
  10. Improvement

Since the proposed new standard is still in draft form we need to be careful with the changes you decide implement to the existing system

However, the fact that ISO 45001 follows the same structure as ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 already indicates that there will be a stronger focus on the context of Organisations. The notion of context requires Organisations to look beyond health and safety within their own facilities and to take into account the working conditions along the process chain.

Another key change we can expect is the stronger commitment and involvement from top management. Health and safety will become a central aspect of the overall management system, requiring a firm commitment from top management.

RECOMMENDED MIGRATION ACTIONS
  • SAI Global provide regular updates on the development of ISO 45001, so continue to monitor this page.
  • SAI Global offer a range of courses to help you understand ISO 45001 and migrate your OHS system. Our courses are based on the latest available DIS [insert link].

In the meantime, we can assist with training and information  to help you prepare.

CONSIDERING IMPLEMENTATION OF AN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM?

An effective Occupational Health and Safety Management System can help to bring real improvements, insights and assurance to your business. The management of one of your most important risks, that of the health and safety of your employees and customers, is one of the most challenging and rewarding activities in a business.

Despite there being a new standard created, we can assist you now on your journey towards adopting a management framework, which will also prepare you for later integration with other management systems, Quality Management (ISO 9001) and Environmental Management (ISO 14001).

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Contact us today to discuss your next steps.

 

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