The ISO 45001 is an international standard which is in the process of being created, with the express purpose of targeting specific requirements for an occupational health and safety management system. This new management system is designed with the goal that it will enable organisations to improve their performance in preventing injury and ill-health in the workplace, in a proactive manner.
ISO 45001 at the present moment is aiming to be universal – applicable to organisations of any size and in any industry. Not only this but the expectation is that it will be able to integrate with already existing management techniques, health and safety policies and other related procedures.
Unfortunately the release and implementation of the ISO 45001 has been delayed setting the release back until July 2017.
This is due to the fact that there have been nearly 3,000 points raised in regards to elements of the standard at a meeting to discuss the ISO 45001 in Toronto. While the points that were raised at this meeting are addressed the ISO 45001 release has been pushed back until they can all be examined and the standard adjusted to accommodate them.
The UK Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) is a liaison body for ISO 45001, and was present at the meeting in Toronto. Two representatives were in attendance, the Head of Policy and Public Affairs – Richard Jones, and chartered member Phil Bates.
On the delay of the new standard, Phil Bates made this statement:
“A great deal of progress has been made and IOSH is pleased to be part of this important development process. The volume and diversity of responses to the DIS shows the keen interest and engagement that ISO 45001 is already generating. Securing agreement and reaching consensus remain vital.
Extending the time frame supports achievement of this and helps ensure the overall outcome is a practical, robust and effective standard that can assist organisations worldwide improve health and safety performance.”
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