ISO 45001 for Safety

A new international standard for occupational health and safety got a big vote of confidence last month, taking it another step closer to publication.

Work-related accidents and illness are an enormous burden for organizations, and society as a whole, costing over 2.3 million deaths a year, not to mention the more than 300 million non-fatal accidents (according to the International Labor Organization).

With robust and effective processes in place, many incidents can be prevented. ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety, will help organizations of all sizes and industries improve the health and safety of their employees, through reducing risks and creating better working conditions.

The ISO 45001 committee draft (CD) achieved more than the required 75 percent approval by the members involved in its development. The next step is to review the comments and prepare the draft international (DIS) for public voting later this year. The release of ISO 45001 is planned for October 2016.

ISO 45001 will replace the BSI standard OHSAS 18001:2007. It will provide the requirements and guidance to implement a system and structure to protect employees and reduce risks. It is designed to be effectively integrated into existing management systems and will complement related programs such as those for health and well- being.

ISO 45001 will follow the “High-Level Structure” format defined in Annex SL and that is being used for the revised editions of ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 scheduled for this year. That clause structure is shown below:

1. Scope
2. Normative references
3. Terms and definitions
4. Context of the organization
5. Leadership
6. Planning
7. Support
8. Operation
9. Performance evaluation
10. Improvement

You can read more about ISO 45001 at this web page.