The final draft for the International Standard IS0 45001 has now been published, ahead of it’s expected publication in March 2018. Interested parties have once again been invited to submit feedback on the final draft, ahead of a ballot ending on January 25. If the ballot is successful, it paves the way for ISO 45001 to possibly be published as early as February 2018.
It’s believed the ballot stands every chance of success, as the majority of the amendments represent minor wording clarifications. The previous draft, released in September, received overwhelming support (see related article). However, it’s not yet known how Australia will vote, after the ACCI, along with Standards Australia, expressed concerns over it’s implementation in October this year.
Standards Australia warned that the final draft may not be compatible with current Australian regulations, and said they would need to decide wether to “adopt it in full, abandon the field, or create a hybrid version fit for the Australian context” (see related article).
The final draft represents the final milestone of concept years in the making. ISO 45001 was first proposed in March 2013, and has since undergone various stages of development. For over four years, representatives from over 70 countries, along with health and safety experts, have deliberated over the best way to manage occupational health and safety on a global scale.
When published, ISO 45001 will be the first global standard of its kind, giving organisations a universally accepted framework for improving employee health and safety, reducing workplace risks and creating healthier, safer working conditions.
What is ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 is one of the world’s most anticipated standards for occupational health and safety systems (OHS). It aligned with ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environment Management) and builds on OHSAS 18001, which is a framework aimed at controlling risks.
The system is designed to work with any organisation, large or small. The framework identifies and controls health and safety risks, reduces potential accidents, aids legislative compliance and improves overall performance. The standard also demonstrates how to develop and implement a policy with the right objectives for organisations of all types and sizes. More and more companies also want detailed information about their suppliers’ occupational health and safety practices to protect their brands.
You can learn more about ISO 45001, here.
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