After several years of development, the long-awaited ISO 45001 standard is almost here
The vote has now started on the final draft of the new standard and is expected to pass through for publication by March ’18. After a number of false dawns and setbacks, this latest news from ISO will be welcomed by Health and Safety professionals globally. It has just reached the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) stage, meaning interested parties can once more submit feedback on the draft before its final publication expected in March 2018.
Over 6000 people die from work related injuries each and every day. ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management system, will provide a framework for all businesses to deliver a safe and healthy workplace for its workers, preventing work-related injury, ill health and deaths, as well as continually improve occupational health and safety performance.
Businesses will have three years from publication to transition to the standard before OHSAS 18001 certificates will no longer be valid. The structure of the standard has been aligned with the Annex SL of other management standards such as ISO9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015 adopting a risk based approach to system design and implementation.
The new standard will also migrate sole responsibility for H&S from the Health and Safety Manager across everyday business operations requiring wider accountability.