International health and safety standard, ISO 45001, moves a step closer

Work has been completed on the changes to the second draft of ISO 45001, the voluntary occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system standard. Last week, ISO/PC 283, the project committee for developing ISO 45001, met in Melaka, Malaysia, to make the final technical changes to the standard. The ISO Central Secretariat will now determine whether it can be published, or if a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) is needed. In the case of an FDIS, the earliest publication can be expected is March 2018.

“During our meeting in Malaysia, we clarified a number of terms within the standard and addressed the significant issues that had been raised,” explained Steve Williams, System and Governance Manager at Lloyd's Register, who is a member of ISO/PC 283.

“We welcome the latest developments to ISO 45001 and the positive impact that it will have around the world. Health and safety is at the centre of what we do at Lloyd's Register and we are excited to work with our clients to ensure that their systems are robust and that their people are confident in the safety of their working environment,” commented Duane Wood, Marketing Director at Lloyd's Register Management Systems.

You can read a full account of the meeting, published in the Malaysian New Straits Times, here: https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/09/283262/osh-stakeholders-discuss-iso-45001-melaka-meet

With all the major ISO standards being revised, LRQA is at the forefront of communicating the changes. We offer a range of assessment services as well public and in-house training courses, all aimed at helping to ensure that organisations worldwide have a smooth transition to the new standards.

You can find out more about the development of ISO 45001 on the ISO website.