ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety (Draft): The Voting Has Begun

As you may be aware, the forthcoming standard from ISO on workplace safety has reached the committee draft stage of development.  ISO 45001 is poised to replace OHSAS 18001.

The standard sets forth requirements for occupational health and safety management systems.  ISO 45001 is currently at the committee draft stage of development, the first consultation phase.  During this stage, the countries (ISO members) that have chosen to participate in the standard’s development, can comment on the draft.

Many people have asked, why an “international standard”?

According to ISO.org, here is a great visual example:

 

 

The reality is that around 2.34 million people died as a result of work-related accidents and diseases in 2013 alone.  Approximately 2 million are the result of work-related illnesses and 321, 000 are due to accidents.

A strong occupational health and safety management system can bring these numbers down by reducing accidents and ill health linked to the workplace.  ISO 45001 will provide requirements to put in place a system and structure that protects and reduces risk to employees.

 

There are many benefits to an ISO standard for occupational health and safety.

 

Two that we believe are worthy of focus are:

1.  Small businesses often have only one person looking after both safety and environmental concerns, so the committee is making sure that easy integration with ISO 14001 is possible.  The cross-functionality with ISO 14001 is a true positive.

2.  Many organizations are already using ISO management system standards, which will make integrating a similar standard on occupational health and safety much easier vs. maintaining a different guideline like OHSAS 18001.

 

This is just the second step, in a multi-phase process, with much more to come.  For more information, you can access this page from ISO to download the briefing note.  Stay tuned, as we will post any additional updates as they occur.

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