ISO 45001, the new international standard that will replace OHSAS 18001 for occupational health and safety has now passed the international ballot stage.
There is always a groan whenever ISO 45001 is mentioned due to the amount of time it has taken to get to the point of publication. Well we now have confirmation that the international ballot has approved DIS 2 of ISO 45001 meaning that the standard can now progress to either FDIS (Final Draft International Standard) or publication. This means that the long awaiting ISO 45001 standard could be published at any point between November 2017 and March 2018.
The next stages for the standard will see the ISO 45001 project committee meet in September to discuss all of the comments and feedback, and agree on a path for the standard to become published. A timeline is also likely to be announced following this in order for organizations and certification bodies to be as best prepared as they can for the migration period. The migration period between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 is likely to last for 3 years (as with the transitions of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015).
This will enable clients to smoothly transition to ISO 45001 whilst the Annex SL framework of the new International Health and Safety Standard will ease the integration of ISO 45001 into clients’ existing management systems, saving both time and money.
We will of course keep you updated as soon as we here more!
To find out more about ISO 45001 and what the migration may look at visit our specific ISO 45001 Migration/Transition page.