Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
The long-awaited release of the ISO 45001 standard, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems is getting closer. ISO 45001 is now a final draft International Standard (FDIS), which means this standard is in its final stages of approval, with publication expected for March of 2018.
Developed under the Technical Committee ISO/PC 283 for Occupational health and safety management systems, ISO 45001 is an International Standard that specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, with guidance for its use, to enable an organization to proactively improve its OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health.
The implementation of an OH&S management system is a strategic decision for an organization that can be used to support its sustainability initiatives, ensuring people are safer and healthier and increase profitability at the same time. The ISO 45001 standard is intended for use by any organization, regardless of its size or the nature of its work. All of the requirements of ISO 45001 are intended to be applicable to an organization’s own management processes, to manage their OH&S risks and improve their overall OH&S performance.
ISO 45001 follows the same high-level structure approach (Annex SL) that has been applied to other ISO management system standards, such as ISO 9001:2015 (quality management) and ISO 14001:2015 (environmental management), so those organizations choosing to adopt ISO 45001 should find its requirements consistent with these other standards. This structured approach also facilitates the integration of ISO 45001 with other ISO management system standards into their overall management processes, should the organization wish to do so.
This ISO Standard specifies requirements for an OH&S management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and information about OH&S risks. Through its OH&S management system, other aspects of health and safety may be incorporated, such as worker wellness/wellbeing; however, it should be noted that an organization can be required by applicable legal requirements to also address such issues.
ISO 45001 takes into account other International Standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labour Organization's ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO's international labour standards and conventions, allowing for a relatively easy migration from using an existing OH&S management system standard to ISO 45001.
The final draft International Standard (FDIS) is circulated to all ISO member bodies by the ISO Central Secretariat for a final Yes/No vote within a period of two months. If technical comments are received during this period, they are no longer considered at this stage, but registered for consideration during a future revision of the International Standard. The text is approved as an International Standard if a two-thirds majority of the P-members of the TC/SC are in favor and not more than one-quarter of the total number of votes cast are negative. If these approval criteria are not met, the standard is referred back to the originating TC/SC for reconsideration in the light of the technical reasons submitted in support of the negative votes received.
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