It was announced, in June 2016, that the publication of the much-anticipated ISO 45001 Management System Standard for Occupational Safety & Health is to be delayed by at least a year. Initially, the plan had been for the standard to be available from October 2016.
Right now, the ISO standard fixed in everyone’s mind is the pending publication of ISO 45001. At the time of writing this, the International Organisation for Standardisation (IOS) has confirmed that ISO 45001 is only expected to be published in December 2017.
Here, in Part 3 of our feature on the development and importance of ISO 45001, we focus on what you can do to prepare for the transition from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001.
Here, in Part 2 of our feature on the development and importance of ISO 45001, we focus on what the key developments will include.Part 2: What ISO 45001 includes
The standard will apply to organisations across the world. It has greater emphasis on leadership, worker involvement, context and documented information than OHSAS 18001 (although most of the framework will be familiar to OHSAS 18001 users.). It also focuses more on continual improvement; hierarchy of control; risk and opportunities; compliance status; supply chain, and KPIs.
At a recent major renewables industry conference, IOSH’s Richard Jones reported that the new worldwide safety and health management standard – ISO 45001 – will require “top management commitment”. As we fast approach the publication of ISO 45001 later this year, our three-part blog takes a look at why it was introduced, what the key changes include, and how we can all prepare for the new standard.
Last year saw two significant changes – both ISO 9001 and 14001 were revised. This is a significant development, as international standards not only bring technological, economic and societal benefits – they also help to harmonise technical specifications of products and services, which makes industry more efficient and breaks down barriers to international trade. Conforming to international standards helps reassure consumers that products are safe, efficient and good for the environment.