The Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) of ISO 45001, the Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard was published today.
Publication of the final standard is likely to be at the end of February/beginning of March 2018.
ISO 45001 will replace OHSAS 18001 and organizations currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will have a three-year period to migrate to ISO 45001.
FDIS ballot opened on 30th November 2017 and closes on 25th January 2018 when national standards bodies (NSBs) will have an opportunity to vote on the FDIS, without any further comments on the structure or content of the standard being allowed. Therefore, the final standard will be published with only very minor changes to the FDIS version.
ISO 45001 will afford organizations an opportunity to align their strategic direction with their health and safety management system thereby improving their occupational health and safety performance.
ISO 45001 has been designed to help organizations:
- Enhance leadership and commitment
- Identify workplace hazards, conduct risk assessments and implement effective controls
- Prevent injury and ill-health to their employees
- Ensure compliance with health and safety legislative requirements
- Improve their safety culture
- Increase consultation with and participation of their employees
- Increase health and safety considerations in procurement and contracting activities
- Improve training and awareness in their employees
- Enhance emergency preparedness and response