New guidelines to help prevent injury and ill health in the workplace have reached the advanced drafting stage.
ISO 45001 will be the first internationally-agreed health and safety management systems standard to apply to organisations across the world.
It also aims to cut work-related fatalities and pro-actively improve occupational health and safety performance in businesses and other organisations
The long-awaited Draft International Standard (DIS) of ISO 45001 is now available, which means the general public can have its say for the first time.
It is also the last chance for members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to comment on it.
Richard Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at IOSH, says it is “fantastic” to have reached the advanced drafting stage.
The organisation has played an important role in the development of the standard over the last two years. It has Category A Liaison body status on the project committee, meaning it has had direct access to all of the papers, attended the committee meetings and been consulted on developments.
ISO 45001 is on track to be completed and published in October, replacing BS OHSAS 18001.
In addition to actively preventing accidents at work, ISO 45001 will place a greater emphasis on leadership, worker involvement, context and documented information.
Organisations will be required to look beyond their immediate health and safety issues and take into account what the wider society expects.
Occupational health and safety aspects will also have to be fully embodied into an organisation’s structure from the top level down, giving employees a greater say in the development of the standard. It will no longer be the sole responsibility of a health and safety manager.
Auditors will have to interview top management as part of certification, so bosses need to be actively involved with health and safety.
Date Published: January 28, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown