We would like to update our clients on the development of ISO 45001, a new standard consolidating the best practice knowledge on Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) which is expected to replace BS OHSAS 18001.
Following publication of the Draft International Standard (DIS) in February 2016, The International Committee met in Toronto from 6-10 June 2016 to discuss over 3,000 comments which had been submitted during the ballot. It was agreed at the closing plenary session to move to publication of a 2nd DIS, which is expected in December 2016 or January 2017. The final standard is now expected in the second half of 2017.
The discussions during the committee meeting centred around minor changes needed to some key ‘Terms and Definitions’ such as the definitions relating to ‘worker’, ‘participation’ and the definition of hazard. Minor changes were also proposed relating to areas such as ‘Participation and consultation’, ‘awareness’ and ‘the hierarchy of controls’. The next International Committee meeting is scheduled for October 2016 where the remainder of the comments submitted will be discussed and the content of the 2nd DIS finalised.
Recognizing how vital OH&S is to keeping employees safe and healthy around the world, BSI is best positioned to keep our clients and all other interested parties up-to-date regarding the status of this process. To support this effort, BSI has produced a Migration Guide as well as other materials to help guide our clients through the process of moving from one standard to the other. In the meantime, we continue to support our BS OHSAS 18001 certified clients to help reduce risk, protect workers and maintain compliance.