In this edition of the Compliance Digest, we provide an update on ISO 45001 and its expected date of final publication.
ISO 45001 – Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements
What is it?
If you’re an EHS professional, you’re already familiar with ISO 45001. For everyone else, here’s a reminder: ISO 45001 specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OHS) management system, with guidance for its use, to help an organization proactively improve its OHS performance.
ISO 45001 aims to become the international standard for OHS management systems by replacing OHSAS 18001, which is currently the de facto standard, even though it is not an ISO standard. OHSAS 18001 is an internationally applied British Standard for OHS management systems.
ISO 45001 makes use of the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle, and follows the high level structure approach that is being applied to other ISO management system standards, such as ISO 14001 (environment) and ISO 9001 (quality). It takes into account OHSAS 18001, the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards, and the ILO’s international labor standards and conventions.
It’s worth noting that ISO 45001 does not provide best practices, and it does not state specific criteria for OHS performance.
Final publication is expected in March 2018
In a , we provided the following update on the final publication date of ISO 45001:
“The publication date of ISO 45001 has been repeatedly delayed. The best current guess is sometime in the November 2017 – June 2018 timeframe.”
Now, nine and a half months later, we have a better idea of the final publication date. ISO 45001 is currently in the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) stage, meaning interested parties can once again submit feedback on the draft. Voting on ISO/FDIS 45001:2017 began on November 11, 2017, and it will end on January 25, 2018. The final publication of ISO 45001 is expected in March 2018. For more information, see also ANSI’s blog post on ISO/FDIS 45001:2017.
Once ISO 45001 is published, OHSAS 18001 will be withdrawn and organizations currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will have a three-year period to upgrade to ISO 45001.
The next Compliance Digest will be published on Friday January 12, 2018. Until then, Happy Holidays!
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