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Final hurdle for new ISO Health & Safety Standard

The brand new ISO Health & Standard ISO 45001 enters the last part of its development with the publication of the final draft international standard.

This stage sees the final draft go out to vote amongst ISO’s P members – the national standards bodies. The vote lasts until 25 January 2018: a positive vote for the standard should see publication before the end of March 2018.

Seen as a significant upgrade on the existing renowned Health & Safety standard, OHSAS 18001, the new standard not only provides an important tool for those new to health & safety management systems, but for those who already have ISO-based management systems in place, ISO 45001 is built on the same structure as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality and environmental standards, making implementation easier.

Whether upgrading from OHSAS 18001 or looking to certify to a health & safety standard for the first time, one for the first places to go to is a certification body such as IIOC members to learn more about this key new standard. ISO also provide a range of information to better understand the new standard as well as providing more information from the Committee which has developed the standard.

Examples of the application of existing health & safety standards to assist regulators and other parts of the public sector can be seen on the publicsectorassurance.org website.

To help deliver robust accredited certification for the new standard, there are a range of other publications that are at their final stage of drafting. Firstly, a second document from ISO the competence requirements for auditing and certification of occupational health and safety management systems ISO/IEC 17021-10.

Secondly, two documents from the accreditation community: one on the requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems for the Certification of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OH&SMS) and a second, requirements on migration to ISO 45001 from OHSAS 18001. IIOC has been involved in the development of all of these documents helping ensure they are developed with the end user fully in mind.

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