ISO45001: The next steps

ISO45001 is the new voluntary international safety standard currently under development by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, will focus on developing and implementing management systems with a framework that reduces the risk of harm and ill health to employees. The standard has been under development for some time but is currently nearing publication.

Experienced Compass Auditor Mike Gray gave his thoughts on the new standard in earlier in the year in his ISO45001 presentation with the Safety Institute of Australia – read over the key points of that presentation here.

Following the approach taken regarding revision of ISO14001 and ISO9001 the standard is currently being developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts taking into account the current OHSAS 18001 safety standard which ISO45001 aims to supersede. We took a look at some of the proposed changes in the draft version of the standard against OHSAS 18001 earlier this year in: ISO45001 and OHSAS18001: Updates and Key changes.

The next draft of ISO 45001 was published on 19 May 2017 with the ballot period will ending 13th of July 2017. This process enables ISO members to take an active role in the development of the standard. Members can vote on the current draft of the standard before it moves forward to publication. This is currently expected to be early 2018. Anyone interested in commenting on the second draft can do so through their national ISO, for Australia, this is Standards Australia.

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Compass Assurance will be offering ISO45001 training to all originations currently certified to OHSAS18001. These classroom courses will enable participants to understand the new requirements of ISO45001 and how their business needs to change to remain compliant.

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