ISO 45001 - Progress Update
The ISO 45001 Working Group held a meeting in Malaysia on 18 to 23 September 2017 and following a ballot that achieved 88% support for the publication of the standard.
There are some changes and improvements to the draft text, then following an editorial review, the Chair and ISO committee Secretariat will determine if there have been any “technical” changes. This will be followed by a straight forward yes or no ballot without any further comments.
If the changes are considered technical then a Final draft will be published and we could expect the standard to be published by March 2018.
If the changes are accepted as not technical then we could see the standard published by the end of 2017
The standard has been developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts, and will follow other generic management system approaches such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001.
Here are five things to start considering in preparation for the transition:
- Secure ‘top management’ commitment to ISO 45001 and their involvement in actively leading on it.
- Review your current OSH arrangements against the ISO 45001 requirements to identify any gaps.
- Develop an implementation and resources plan to close the identified gaps.
- Ensure effective mechanisms for change management and worker consultation and participation.
- Take steps to address any OSH competence and resource needs across the organisation.