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OHSAS 18001 is the recognised standard for best practice occupational health & safety management.  In 2017 it is due to be replaced by a new international standard ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety, bringing it into line with other ISO standards.

Being certified to OHSAS 18001 ensures your organisation is taking proactive steps to ensure it complies and stays up to date with appropriate legislation and becomes a safer place to work.  Once published towards the end of 2017, Alcumus ISOQAR will work with current and new clients to transition over or implement the new standard, and will be able to offer a pre-assessment or checklist to gauge readiness for certification to ISO 45001.

See below the current position in the development of ISO 45001 as of June 2016

  • ISO Project Committee (PC) 283 is responsible for the development of ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use
  • The committee met in Toronto in June 2016 to review the outcome of a ballot on ISO DIS 45001 amongst its membership from 65 participating countries and determine the next steps



The following is a summary of the significant questions and outputs from the meeting:

Why is ISO 45001 being developed?

  • To help organisations minimise the risk of harm to all those working on its behalf (defined as workers)
  • To provide a platform for continual improvement on occupational health and safety performance
  • To integrate Occupational Health and Safety within an organisation’s overall business management systems and processes

What was the result of the ballot?

  • The ballot closed on 12 May 2016
  • 71% voted in favour but this was insufficient to proceed to Final Draft (FDIS)
  • There were almost 3000 comments

What were the key issues and comments?

  • A number of Terms and Definitions, e.g. worker, were discussed
  • The need to avoid the inclusion of requirements within notes
  • There were questions about the alignment with ISO14001 and deviation from Annex SL
  • The content of clause 5.4 (Participation and Consultation), structure of Clause 6 (Planning) and content of clause 7.3 (Awareness) were discussed

What options were considered?

  • Prepare a second DIS (DIS 2)
  • Publish the Draft as a Technical Specification (TS) (not agreed)
  • Revert to Committee Draft stage (not considered a viable option)

What next steps were agreed?

  • Establish a Task Group to review comments, make recommendations and provide draft
  • PC283 and Working Group meet in October 2016 to produce text for DIS 2 (addressing the comments and issues raised)
  • Apply to ISO for an extension of 9 months for completion of project

What are the possible timelines to publication?

  • DIS 2 to be prepared by November 2016, translated by January 2017
  • DIS 2 ballot February/March 2017
  • Next PC 283 meeting May 2017
  • Publication of FDIS November 2017