The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has been working on the development of ISO 45001, a new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) standard aimed at providing organizations with an established framework for preventing ill health, preventing workplace injuries, and providing a healthy and safe workplace.
ISO 45001 is now in the final draft international standard (FDIS) stage. The ballot on the FDIS must be completed by January 25, 2018. If it is successful, it could be published as an approved standard as soon as February or March 2018. The new ISO 45001 standard will replace Occupational Health and Safety Standard (OSHAS) 18001 as the primary standard for occupational health and safety. It is noted to be an improvement on OHSAS 18001, credited to the new standard’s risk-based approach. ISO 45001 will also align with the new ISO standards format, Annex SL, facilitating integration of ISO systems and enhancing their roles in operations and business strategy.
Organizations that are currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will need to transition to ISO 45001 within three years of its publication. Taking a systematic approach to data collection and management, process execution, and responsible party assignments during the transition will be key in achieving certification. Consider a data management and procedural excellence system like the EHS DashboardTM to do so!
For answers to questions or help with the transition from OSHAS 18001 to ISO 45001, please contact Linda Swift at (508) 970-0033 x1119, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For answers to questions regarding CAPACCIO’s EHS DashboardTM contact Cristina Mendoza at (774) 249-2418 or at email@example.com.