The New International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management ISO 45001 Certification
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/DIS 45001 Timeline Updated
ISO/PC283, the Project Committee responsible for the development of the new ISO 45001 certification standard, has made the decision to move the standard to the second Draft International Standard (DIS2) stage. The anticipated timeline currently expects DIS2 to be available by early 2017.
ISO/DIS 45001 Delayed
Publication of the new ISO 45001 certification standard is expected to be delayed after the Draft International Standard was not approval by the committee ISO/PC 283.
The National Standards Bodies involved voted on the draft standard between February 12 and May 12 with the objective of approving the DIS. 71% of members voted in favor of the DIS, with 28% against and 1% abstaining. In order for the DIS to be passed, two-thirds had to be in favor with less than a quarter against, taking into account abstentions.
During the June ISO/PC283 Project Committee meeting, comments will be reviewed and concerns raised by participating members during the voting will be addressed. Once these issues have been resolved, the Project Committee will also need to decide if the revised document can go forward as the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS).
ISO/DIS 45001 now available for review
ISO 45001 has been approved as a Draft International Standard and national body members of ISO have been given a 3-month balloting period to comment and vote on the text. The final standard is scheduled to be published in late 2016/early 2017.
Notable requirements in OHSMS ISO 45001 certification and key changes compared with OHSAS 18001:
Systematic determination of external and internal issues and needs and expectations of workers and other interested parties.
This to understand influencing factors relevant for the management system.
Leadership and worker participation with specific emphasis on participation and consultation processes.
Risk based thinking as a basis for the management system. More focus on objectives as drivers for improvements, and related planning required to achieve the goals.
Extended requirements related to internal and external communication, including the need to determine what, when and how to inform and communicate.
More emphasis on control of changes and control of procurement, contractors and outsourced processes.
More specific requirements related to performance evaluation.
Some amendments related to emergency preparedness and response.
New clause related to process for continual improvements.
ISO/DIS 45001 now available for public comment
ISO 45001, the new International Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard, is at the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage which means the public is being consulted about the standard for the first time.
ISO 45001 is the first internationally agreed upon Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard and is scheduled to be published in October 2016. DIS balloting will begin in February. The deadline for comments to be received is April 1.
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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