Sunday, 16 February 2014

ISO 45001:2016 – OH&S Management Standard

ISO recently announced that ISO Committee ISO/PC 283 – Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems, has been formed with an objective to develop and publish an international standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) based on OHSAS 18001. The new standard will be known as ISO 45001. You can see the latest updates here.

At the first meeting of the committee ISO/PC 283 in October 2013, an outline project plan for the development and publication of ISO 45001 was created:
  • ISO/CD 45001 (first committee draft) to be published by May 2014;
  • ISO/DIS 45001 (first draft international standard) to be published by February 2015;
  • ISO/FDIS 45001 (final draft international standard) to be published by March 2016;
  • Final ISO 45001 to be published in October 2016.

The new standard will follow the “High-Level Structure” format defined in Annex SL, meaning that it will be aligned with the revised versions of ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 scheduled for publication in 2015.

The high-level structure will be a common format for all new and revised ISO management system standards using common text in the standards. The high level structure of the standard will be:
  • Scope
  • Normative references
  • Terms and definitions
  • Context of the organization
  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Support
  • Operation
  • Performance evaluation
  • Improvement

The ISO/PC 283 Working Group 1 is tasked with developing the text associated with this standard, and it is presently working on the internal working draft. You will certainly start to see more information about this standard as they work through the development process.

Source: EHS Journal.

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