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IOSH involved in development of ISO 45001

Posted by Tracy Seward

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health has started taking part in the development of a global standard for organisations to create their own health and safety management systems.

An IOSH team attended an international, week-long meeting, in Morocco, to examine 1,300 comments from practitioners, auditors and industry, ILO and union representatives for the drafting of ISO 45001.

Beginning in August, the consultation period will last three months and the many comments anticipated will be discussed at a meeting on November 2014 at the earliest. The overall plan is to deliver a Draft International Standard by April 2015, with a Final Draft International Standard scheduled to be available for consultation mid-2016. ISO 45001 is expected to be finally published around October 2016.

IOSH focused on at ‘Planning’ and ‘Terms and Definitions’ at the recent meeting, in Casablanca, which drew around 85 delegates and IOSH provided two representatives – Richard Jones and senior policy adviser Phil Bates.

In addition to the two members representing IOSH, there were another six IOSH members in attendance representing other organisations from the UK, the USA, Hong Kong, the International Trade Union Confederation; and the OHSAS Project Group.

All task groups are aiming to complete their current work programmes by the beginning of July, in time for the compilation of draft proposals for consultation.

Once finalised, the standard will be promoted in most countries of the world by their respective national standards bodies.

IOSH head of policy and public affairs Richard Jones said: “The globalisation of trade has arguably increased the need for international standards, such as those produced by the International Standards Organisation (ISO).

“To date, organisations seeking certification of their occupational safety and health management systems have used standards like OHSAS 18001 and Z10. So, the recent decision by ISO to develop a new international standard that will allow organisations to be certificated to a truly global standard represents a major development.”

Some 45 countries are represented in the drafting work. IOSH successfully applied to ISO for ‘Category A Liaison’ status, which means that we receive papers directly from them and can attend committee meetings as an observer and active participant in the workgroup drafting the standard.

For more information, please contact either richard.jones@iosh.co.uk or phil.bates@iosh.co.uk.

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May 2014

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