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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Latest news about ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Standard

The latest draft of this Standard has been issued and is due to be voted on at the end of May 2017.  This is an important vote as it will determine if the revised draft can go through to publication or will need to be further amended and then move to a final draft.

There have been some serious changes since the last effort which resulted in an avalanche of objections.  The main areas were the involvement of workers and their representatives at every step.  Many countries thought that this was really over the top and would hamper operation of businesses.   Clearly there needs to be input from workers, usually in the form of H&S works committees and safety is paramount.

The implementation of Health & Safety across the world  is significantly different and producing a Standard to satisfy all these was always going to be challenging.  An example I saw was in Belgium where road works were in progress; they didn’t close off vast stretches of the road to effect these roadworks as we do in this country, but merely put cones around the actual work.
If the latest draft is accepted without significant changes required it could be published as soon as September.  If however it requires amendment and moves to a final draft then it is unlikely to be published this year.

I know that a  number of organisations planning to incorporate OHSAS system are trying to decide whether to go for OHSAS 18001 or wait until ISO 45001 is published.

We will keep you up to date with developments

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