The New International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management ISO 45001 Certification
ISO to release final draft of ISO 45001 – Occupational Health & Safety
The ISO 45001 Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) is scheduled to be released for review on November 30th. The ISO member bodies have two months to provide their yes/no vote. If the FDIS is approved, a final version of the standard is expected in February 2018.
How will this impact current Occupational Health & Safety management system certificates? After the publication of ISO 45001, the OHSAS 18001/18002 standards will be withdrawn. Organizations certified will be allotted a 3-year transition period.
The steps for how to transition your current OHSAS 18001 certificate to the ISO 45001 standard will follow the rules defined by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
Depending on your current certification, transition will take one of the following routes:
An accredited OHSAS 18001 certificate will be transitioned through a seamless process to ISO 45001 during the 3 years after publication as described by IAF.
A non-accredited OHSAS certificate will follow a specific procedure which will make the transition to ISO 45001 as smooth as possible.
The OHSMS ISO 45001 Certification Publication may be extended until March 2018
The new occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) standard being developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) - moved to a second draft international standard (DIS2) stage in June 2016.
The most recent timeline for ISO 45001 publication is as follows:
February 2017 – WG1 meets and completes its review of comments March 2017 – Editing and preparation of the DIS2 April/May 2017 – The DIS2 is released for translation June/July 2017 – The DIS2 ballot is held September 2017 – PC283 and WG1 meet to review the results of the DIS2 ballot If DIS2 is approved and the final draft international standard (FDIS) stage is not required, publication could be as early as October/November 2017. However, if FDIS is required, then publication is likely to be March 2018.
ISO 45001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. It will enable organizations to proactively improve its OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health. ISO 45001 is currently at the committee draft stage of development and is scheduled to be published in 2016. Voting has begun on draft ISO 45001 where countries (ISO members) that have chosen to participate in the standard's development will receive two months to form a national position on the draft and comment on it. Once published, ISO 45001 will replace OHSAS 18001 as the primary international standard for OH&S management systems. It is expected that organizations currently holding OHSAS 18001 certification will have a minimum of two to three years to recertify to the requirements in the new standard.
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