New Global H&S Standard Due

ISO 45001, the long-awaited new international standard for occupational safety and health, is set to be published in March, it has been announced.

The complex development process – the first draft was published in July 2014 – has involved a series of meetings, numerous iterations and hundreds of hours of deliberations among an international group of safety and health experts.

The standard follows the generic management system structure used for ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. It was based initially on OHSAS 18001, but also takes account of other influential documents, such as the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines and various national occupational safety and health management system standards.

It will be the first global standard of its kind, says the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), giving organisations ‘a universally accepted framework for improving employee health and safety, reducing workplace risks and creating healthier, safer working conditions’.

IOSH, a liaison body for the standard’s development, held a series of events in 2017 to help businesses and safety and health professionals get to grips with ISO 45001. Ahead of the standard’s publication, IOSH will provide guidance to members that will help them make decisions on whether to adopt ISO 45001 and, if so, how to go about it.