Tuesday, 15 August 2017
ISO 45001 OH&S Standard: And so the Saga Continues
The 2nd stage of the process to ratify this Standard suspected to be accepted however the vote failed by a small margin. There was dissent on the wording of “worker”. This has now meant that a final draft version will be required.
The FDIS (final draft for discussion) in destined for November this year with a published Standard in February 2018. We are not going to hold our breath over this as we have been disappointed over publication dates on and off since 2015.
We have known all along that getting countries across the world to agree on the an Occupational Health & Safety Standard was going to be challenging, but it is getting a bit silly when they are not able to agree on the term “worker”.
Our recommendation to organisations is to continue with OHSAS 18001:2007 and then to transition to 45001 at the end of the transition period, which is expected to be 3 years from publication.
A reminder that organisations holding 9001 and 14001 must transition to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 by 14 September 2018 or risk automatic loss of certification.