Earlier this month it was announced by IOSH that the publication of the new international standard for occupational health and safety – ISO 45001 – is likely to be delayed.

This was after participating members of the ISO committee ‘disapproved’ its first draft.

In order for the DIS to have passed, two-thirds of the participating members had to be in favour with less than a quarter against, taking into account abstentions.  Seventy-one per cent voted in favour, with 28 per cent against (one per cent abstained), meaning the DIS failed to gain approval.

Regardless of the outcome, the consultation that took place during the period of the ballot resulted in more than 3,000 comments – a scale of feedback which is likely to delay publication of the standard until February 2017, while it is considered.

IOSH head of policy and public affairs Richard Jones said: “While we cannot go into detail, there are a variety of reasons why participating members have voted against this, and these will need to be resolved at a meeting next month.

“Once concerns about the standard have been addressed, a revised version (DIS2) will be produced for further consultation and ballot.

Alcumus clients can keep up-to-date with the progress of this standard on the ISO 45001 page on our website, and we will provide regular updates in our newswire going forward.

Our certification team will also be on hand to answer any questions, just email info@alcumusgroup.com and we will get back to you.