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Progress on international health and safety standard

04 October 2017

Earlier this year, the second international draft of the Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard ISO 45001 received an 88 per cent approval from international standards bodies. An international meeting, held in September, has now amended this second draft, partly based on comments from stakeholders.

The ISO will now look to finalise the amended draft by March 2018, which will then be circulated to national standards bodies, including the British Standards Institution (BSI) in the UK, to be voted on.

When the new international standard ISO 45001 is published, it is likely to replace OHSAS 18001, and will be phased in over a two year transitional period. Some of the changes in the new standard will focus on management leadership and organisational commitment, as well as worker involvement.

To help businesses, including SMEs, the BSI intends to publish a guide (BSI 45002) in the near future on how to implement the new standards.