Progress Continues on International Health and Safety Standard

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08 Dec 2016

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The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has issued an update on the progress of a new international standard for occupational safety and health, noting that Health and Safety experts across the world “remain committed” to ensuring the best possible new standard.

ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems are currently being prepared by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), in a process led by the British Standards Institution (BSI). IOSH says work on the development of the ISO 45001 draft international standard (DIS) continues apace, with further progress being made during a recent meeting in Lithuania with the standard’s development committee. Around 3000 individual comments made during the consultation process on the ISO 45001 have now reportedly been resolved, but further work is required to iron out some remaining issues. An additional work group meeting has been scheduled between 6 and 10 February 2017 in Austria. A further draft of the standard, which reflects the changes made in light of the consultation responses, will also be publicly consulted on, with this now expected to be in June 2017. As a result, IOSH says the release of the final ISO 45001 standard is not expected until the end of October 2017 at the earliest. The new ISO 45001 standard had originally been planned for publication in October 2016. IOSH is a liaison body for ISO 45001 and was represented at the meeting in Lithuania by Richard Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs. Speaking after the meeting, Richard Jones said, “The importance of this new standard and its potential to improve health and safety worldwide, mean that the drive and enthusiasm for completion are really strong and the commitment of this international work group is very notable … It’s about creating a standard that is as good as we can all make it.”

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