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.
The meeting of the ISO/PC 283 has taken place in Vienna to work on the text of the DIS 2 (Draft of International Standard) of the project of the future standard ISO 45001 of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. The comments pending from the last international group meeting held in Lithuania were analysed, corresponding to the body and annex of the standard.
The DIS 2 vote is expected to open for comments in mid-May or June, and it will close in September. If approved, publication is expected at the end of 2017 or in 2018.
Organisations interested in implementing an Occupational health and safety management system will find the standard OHSAS 18001. This tool is already being used successfully by over 2,500 organisations certified by AENOR. By implementing it with the High Level Structure applied by ISO to its management systems (ISO 9001-2015, ISO 14001-2015, etc), migration to the ISO 45001 when it is published will be easier.
The future ISO 45001 is aimed at all organisations regardless of their size, type or nature. Its main objective is to safeguard worker wellness and well-being, as well as to provide safe and healthy workplaces.
The future standard will focus more clearly on the context of the organisation and will strengthen the role of senior management in the leadership of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System.
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