ISO 45001 Health and Safety management systems

ISO 45001 certification

ISO 45001 is the new international standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S) management and will replace the existing OHSAS 18001 standard. 

OHSAS 18001 is the standard for Occupational Health and Safety management. Launched in 1999, it was produced to align the range of national health and safety management standards into one standard with the intention of ruling-out confusion and market fragmentation.  In July 2007, it was updated to become more closely aligned with the international environmental management system standard, ISO 14001.

ISO 45001 Timeline

ISO PC 283 finished the first working draft of ISO 45001 in October 2013, with the first committee drafted (CD 1) produced in July 2014.  However, in October 2014, the Project Committee failed to reach agreement on the proposed changes, and the standard didn’t progress to Draft International Stage (DIS) in October 2014, as initially planned. 

As a result the second committee draft (CD 2) was produced in March 2015.  The vote on CD 2 will not be complete until 5 June 2015 and then any comments will be reviewed.  As long as the comments are approved, the DIS will be registered at the end of June 2015 and published in late August/early September 2015. These timescales are based on approval of CD 2, and are subject to change

Why ISO 45001?

The number of organisations trading and integrating globally is increasing and with this, they are facing new health and safety challenges.  Many organisations tend to use generic or national health and safety standards, with none promoting global conformity.

As a result, many interested parties have expressed the need for an international OH&S management system standard, to enable benchmarks to be set against health and safety policies and practices across different geographical areas. Based upon this, the ISO Project Committee, ISO PC 283, was set up by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) to develop an international standard which is applicable to any organisation regardless of its size and market and/or country it operates in. 

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