ISO 45001:2016–Occupational health and safety management systems, has reached the draft international standard (DIS) stage. ISO/PC 283, the project committee developing ISO 45001, in March began the voting process on the second committee draft (CD2), which has received approval from the voting members.
ISO 45001: A new standard in occupational health and safety (OH&S)
ISO 45001 is a new standard being developed from British Standard OHSAS 18001, the International Labour Organization‘s OSH Guidelines, and other national standards. Much like a number of other standards undergoing revision, including ISO 9001 (on quality) and ISO 14001 (on environment), ISO 45001 will use Annex SL as the template for its structure. The goal is to simplify the migration of organizations’ current OH&S management systems to ISO 45001 and to allow for the alignment and integration of organizations’ OH&S management systems with their other management systems.
Targeted benefits of an ISO 45001:2016 management system
An ISO 45001-based OH&S management system will enable an organization to improve its OH&S performance by:
- Developing and implementing an OH&S policy and OH&S objectives
- Establishing systematic processes which consider its “context” and which take into account its risks, opportunities, and its legal and other requirements
- Determining the hazards and OH&S risks associated with its activities, seeking to eliminate them or putting in controls to minimize their potential effects
- Establishing operational controls to manage its OH&S risks and its legal and other requirements
- Increasing awareness of its OH&S risks
- Evaluating its OH&S performance and seeking to improve it through taking appropriate actions
- Ensuring workers take an active role in OH&S matters
In combination these measures will ensure that an organization’s reputation as a safe place to work will be promoted and can have more direct benefits, such as:
- Improving its ability to respond to regulatory compliance issues
- Reducing the overall costs of incidents
- Reducing downtime and the costs of disruption to operations
- Reducing the cost of insurance premiums
- Reducing absenteeism and employee turnover rates
- Recognition for having achieved an international benchmark (which may in turn influence customers who are concerned about their social responsibilities)
Next step in ISO 45001’s development
The ISO 45001 DIS is expected to be released in October of 2015, with the final publication of ISO 45001:2016 anticipated in October of 2016. More information on ISO/PC 283 is available here and more information on ISO 45001 is available here.