ISO FDIS 45001

International Standard

“Pro-actively improving OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health”.

ISO 45001, the international standard that will replace BS OHSAS 18001, has now reached the Final Draft stage. The standard sets requirements for occupational health and safety management systems and should be published towards Q2 of 2018. In order to assist organizations that wish to be certified with the transition from BS OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001,

DQS will inform you of the latest developments.

A First Glance at ISO 45001 – OHSAS 18001 Reloaded!

ISO 45001, the international standard that will replace OHSAS 18001, has now reached the Final Draft stage. The standard sets requirements for occupational health and safety management systems and will be published towards Q2 of 2018.

Why the world needs ISO 45001

Every day across the globe, horrific statistics for health and safety incidents, accidents and their related costs are recorded. Although companies tend to use generic health and safety guidelines or national regulatory standards, none of these demonstrate global conformity. A recent OHSAS Standards and Certificates Survey has shown a rapid increase in the use of OHSAS 18001 and equivalent standards over the last decade. With over 127 countries currently using these standards, there’s a worldwide need to harmonize health and safety management systems using an international standard and share best practices.

Making a global difference

The need for an international standard in this field can be seen at local, national, regional and global levels – applying to both developing and developed countries. With an international standard to refer to together with the right infrastructure and training, these organizations will be able to address their risks better in future. More and more companies also want detailed information about their suppliers’ occupational health and safety practices to protect their brands. This motivates suppliers to implement better and internationally recognized systems to establish good health and safety practices. Third party certification helps to demonstrate that a business is meeting its requirements effectively whilst the process of achieving and maintaining certification helps ensure that it is continually improving across all areas of the organization.

ISO 45001 will support new areas of management systems to ensure better compatibility and systems governance, making the implementation within an organization a lot smoother. Once published, the standard will apply to any organization wishing to:

  • Establish and implement an internationally recognized occupational health and safety management system to reduce or minimize risks to personnel and other relevant parties
  • Maintain and constantly improve their health and safety performance
  • Keep all operations in line with their stated health and safety policies to an internationally recognized standard.

This International Standard will incorporates the PDCA concept into a new framework, referred to as the „high level structure“ (HLS)

Section 1: Scope
Section 2: Normative References
Section 3: Terms and Definitions
Section 4: Context of the Organization
Section 5: Leadership and worker participation
Section 6: Planning
Section 7: Support
Section 8: Operation
Section 9: Performance Evaluation
Section 10: Improvement

What is the time-line for the new standard?

The project committee has finished the first working draft in October 2013. In July 2014, the committee draft was published. A Draft International Standard (DIS) was made available for public in February 2016 and the final draft publiched November 2018.

Road Map ISO 45001:2018

What changes can we expect from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001?

The Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) was published in November 2017. Publication of the final version of the ISO 45001 standard seems likely to be end on March 2018. The aim of the standard remains as the need to set requirements for OH&S management systems, and thus to help organizations ensure the health and safety of the persons who work for them.

The fact that the standard will follow the same structure as ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 indicates that there will be a stronger focus on the context of organizations. The notion of context requires organisations to look beyond safety and heath in their own facilities and to take into account the related supply chain from the customer to the supplier.

A second stage we can expect is the more focused role for top management. Health and safety will become a central aspect of the organisation‘s strategic vision and governance requiring a firm commitment from top management. The integration of the OH&S management system into the overall management system will be facilitated because ISO 45001 adopts an identical structure as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

Now and as the final publication date approaches DQS will be organising workshops to prepare organisations for the transition/migration to ISO 45001.

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