OHSAS 18001 is the recognised standard for best practice occupational health & safety management. It is due to be replaced by a new international standard – ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety – to bring it in line with other ISO standards.
Being certified to OHSAS 18001 ensures your organisation:
- Is taking proactive steps to comply with appropriate legislation
- Remains up to date with legislative changes
- Becomes a safer place to work.
Once the new standard is published, Alcumus ISOQAR will work with new clients to implement the new standard, or transition existing clients from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001.
ISOQAR will provide a pre-assessment, or checklist, to gauge a client’s readiness for certification to ISO 45001.
Why is ISO 45001 being developed?
- To help organisations’ minimise the risk of harm to all those working on its behalf
- 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.
Latest update on ISO 45001 – February 2017
As of February 2017, the latest update on ISO 45001 is as follows:
- ISO Project Committee (PC) 283 is responsible for the development of ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety management systems – requirements with guidance for use
- Its Working Group (WG1) met in February 2017 to finalise the review of international comments on the Draft International Standard (DIS)
- The meeting agreed the text for the next draft of the ISO 45001 which will be edited by ISO and delivered to national standards bodies for translation. DIS2 will then be issued and subject to further comment and a ballot of member countries
- The timetable is uncertain, but it’s likely that the ballot outcome will be confirmed in summer 2017
- The next ISO PC 283 meeting has been arranged for September 2017 where the committee will review the outcome and further comments
- If DIS2 is approved, and it is decided that a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) is not needed, publication could be in late 2017. Otherwise publication is likely to occur in March 2018.
June 2016 – update on ISO 45001
The committee met in Toronto in June 2016 to review the outcome of a ballot on ISO 45001. Among the committee’s membership are 65 participating countries who determine the next steps.
What was the result of the ballot?
The ballot closed on 12 May 2016. 71% of the committee voted in favour but this was insufficient to proceed to Final Draft (FDIS). There were almost 3,000 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
- Questions were raised about the alignment with ISO 14001 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) or,
- Revert to Committee Draft stage (not considered a viable option).
Next agreed steps
The committee decided on the following:
- To establish a Task Group to review comments, make recommendations and provide a draft
- The PC283 and Working Group are to meet in October 2016 to produce text for DIS 2 (addressing the comments and issues raised)
- Finally, apply to ISO for an extension of 9 months for completion of the project.