iso 45001

What’s ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is intended to be the world’s first truly international occupational health and safety management system standard.

It’s designed to help each organization put a system in place to continually improve the health and safety of those working on its behalf.

ISO 45001 brings occupational health and safety management into the heart of an organization, providing a framework to align occupational health and safety policy and processes with the strategic direction and day-to-day operation of the business.

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What are the anticipated benefits of ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 brings occupational health and safety management into the heart of an organization. This new standard is an opportunity for organizations to align occupational health and safety policy and processes with the strategic direction and day-to-day operation of the business. In addition, there is an increased focus on continually improving occupational health and safety performance.

Our customers tell us they get multiple benefits as a result of implementing and adopting occupational health and safety management systems, and are able to:

  • Reduce work related injuries, ill health and death
  • Eliminate or minimize OH&S risks
  • Improve OH&S performance and effectiveness
  • Demonstrate corporate responsibility and meet supply chain requirements
  • Protect brand reputation
  • Motivate and engage staff through consultation and participation

Download here our presentation from the OH&S webinar: the UK's position on ISO 45001 draft.


What happens next?

An ISO meeting was held in June 2016. Around 3,000 comments were submitted to ISO internationally.

An application made to ISO for extension of project to completion by 9 months, and a decision was made to publish a second DIS, and a new ballot will happen early 2017. 

ISO 45001 is now expected to be published mid-2017. 

BS 45004 Occupational health & safety management systems - general guidelines for the effective application of ISO 45001

A first full draft is now in the final stages of being completed. This used OHSAS 18004 as a seed document as well as ISO DIS 45001. At the last drafting panel meeting a decision was taken to further edit the draft to make the language simpler and easier to understand, following requests from the public to move away from formal standards language. This takes into account that those using ISO 45001 may not be OH&S experts nor may they be used to implementing standards. This is particularly important for small organizations though it is noted that senior stakeholders in large organizations have also expressed a preference for simpler guidance. 

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