The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has release a final draft of it proposed International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, designated ISO 45001. Publication of the final standard is likely to be in the first half of 2018.
The standard is being 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. It will take into account other International Standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO’s international labor standards and conventions.
For those organizations that have already developed safety and health programs under OHSAS 18001, the publication of ISO 45001 will be particularly significant. OHSAS 18001 will be withdrawn on publication of ISO 45001 and organizations currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will have a three year period to migrate to ISO 45001.