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New ISO 45001 Standard

The draft standard ISO 45001 follows the same primary goal as the referential OHSAS 18001: to prevent occupational risk and risks related to health within organisations, thus committing to constant improvement. However, the future standard will focus more clearly on the context of the organisation and it will strengthen the role of senior management in the leadership of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System. Similarly, it can be applied to any organisation regardless of its size, type or nature.

Additionally, the future ISO 45001 will share the so-called high level structure described in other management standards, such as the ISO 9001 of Quality Management or the ISO 14001 of Environmental Management, in order to facilitate its alignment and compatibility.

ISO 45001, like OHSAS 18001, sets out the actions required to deal with risks and opportunities, including the identification of hazards, risk assessment, the identification of opportunities and the determination of applicable requirements.

The standard is due to be launched at the end of 2017 or in 2018. The publication of the ISO 45001 will not mean the automatic cancellation of the OHSAS 18001.



Approval has been granted for the second draft (DIS) of the future ISO Standard 45001.2:2017 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. Requirements and guidelines for use. The next step will be in September, when the work group will meet again to study the comments received and will decide whether the document will be published directly or there will be a final draft of the Standard (FDIS). Therefore, the standard is expected to be published at around the end of this year or in 2018.

The ISO 45001 will establish the requirements for implementing an Occupational Health and Safety Management System, thus committing to constant improvement. The future standard has been based on widely recognised references, such as OHSAS 18001.

The main advances include the strengthening of the senior management's role in leading the Occupational Health and Safety Management System, as a relevant part of its business strategy. Furthermore, more emphasis is placed on the context of the organisation and risk management; not only limited to the negative effect of uncertainty, but also to making good use of the whole set of circumstances that can improve performance.

Similarly it presents a high-level structure common to the most widely-used management documents in the world, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

The standard, which can be applied voluntarily, is intended for organisations of any size, type and nature and can be certified by an independent third party. In the short term this will not result in the disappearance of OHSAS 18001, and certified organisations who want to adhere to this standard can undertake migration to ISO 45001.

The creation of the document is undertaken by 100 expert participants from 70 countries, including Spain, via UNE.

For further information of how to start to address adoption of the future ISO 45001, write to

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