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IOSH confirm new global health and safety standard set for March publication

Posted by Tracy Seward

IOSH has reported that the new international standard for occupational safety and health, ISO 45001, is set to be published in March.

The standard was based initially on OHSAS 18001 and follows the generic management system structure used for ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. But it also takes account other influential documents, such as the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines and various national occupational safety and health management system standards.

It will be the first global standard of its kind, says the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), giving organisations ‘a universally accepted framework for improving employee health and safety, reducing workplace risks and creating healthier, safer working conditions’.

David Smith, Chair of ISO PC 283, said alignment of ISO 45001 to the suite of ISO management system standards would come as a welcome addition. He said: “We now have an international standard for occupational health and safety, aligned with other business standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO/IEC 27001, that helps organisations manage this key risk as part of their business processes.”

“ISO 45001 is a significant improvement on OHSAS 18001. Effective application of ISO 45001 will reduce the risk of harm in the workplace.”

Here at Praxis42, we welcome the introduction of the planned ISO 45001, which we feel will allow organisations to set out what their management system will look like, and how it will operate in a more flexible way than the OHSAS. It will also enable organisations to apply the approach globally.

Praxis42 has support services and products that can form part of the ISO 45001 management system. As part of our consultancy service, we provide support for our clients at each element of the Health & Safety Management cycle. For more information on how we can help your organisation transition or implement ISO 45001 please contact Mike.stevens@praxis42.com

For the full IOSH press release click here https://www.iosh.co.uk/News/ISO-45001-publication-date.aspx

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