ISO 45001 is back on schedule to be published in 2017 and will soon be joining a suite of management systems standards including ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 for environment and quality systems respectively.
ISO 45001 is the international standard that will replace the current occupational health and safety management system standard OHSAS 18001.
There have been a number of delays on this planned international standard ISO 45001, due to the rejection by the International standards bodies, which led to some commentators to suggest that there could be further delays. However, a five-day meeting held in Vienna discussed more than 3,000 comments on DIS1 and the revised changes will lead to the issue of the second draft version (DIS2).
Once ready DIS2 will be sent to the national standards bodies for translation and publication before being released to the public for a two month consultation and national voting.
The next meeting is scheduled for 18th - 23rd September in Malacca, Malaysia. This means a final draft could be published in the middle of the year and if the draft is agreed then, the final text could be published by the end of 2017.