March 2013 saw the initial proposal stage for the ISO aligned Health & Safety Standard and with an expected final publication date of March 2018 it has been a long time coming but we are nearing the home stretch.
Health & safety professionals and organizations all over the world have been eagerly awaiting the publication of the final draft of the ISO 45001 Standard (International standard for health & safety management systems) and the final approval stage is now available to see with only very minor changes expected to come out in March 2018.
FDIS ballot opens on 30th November 2017 and close on 25th January 2018.
ISO 45001 will be replacing OHSAS 18001 and organizations currently certified to OHSAS 18001 are expected to have the typical three year period in which to migrate over to ISO 45001. The new standard is intended to be applicable to any organization irrespective of size, type and nature and all of its requirements are designed to be integrated into a business’s own pre-existing management processes.
The new standard has been designed to help companies achieve the following:
- Identify workplace hazards and implement effective preventive controls
- Prevent injury and ill-health among your workforce
- Reduce lost time accidents therefore cost saving
- Evaluation of compliance with legislative requirements
- Improves the safety culture
- Identify areas for training and competency requirements
- Improve productivity
- Assist with pre-qualification processes from your customers
- Promote corporate responsibility
Remember - as with all management systems, it is not about just complying with the individual clauses but how these requirements relate to each other, and work together to provide an effective system eg;
Having all the component parts for an engine on a bench does not make it work, they need to be assembled, fuelled and work together for the engine to run.
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