A first Glance at ISO 45001, the OHSAS 18001 Successor

A first Glance at ISO 45001, the OHSAS 18001 Successor

ISO 45001, the international standard that will replace BS OHSAS 18001, has now reached the Committee Draft stage. The standard sets requirements for occupational health and safety management systems and will be published towards the end of 2016. In order to assist organizations that wish to be certified with the transition from BS OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001, DQS will inform you of the latest developments on a regular basis.

What changes can we expect between BS OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001?

Because the standard is currently at the Committee Draft stage, we still need to be careful with the conclusions we draw at this point. The aim of the standard remains the same: to set requirements for OH&S management systems, and thus to help organizations ensure the health and safety of the people who work for them.

However, the fact that the standard will follow the same structure as ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 already indicates that there will be a stronger focus on the context of organizations. The notion of context requires organizations to look beyond health and safety within their own facilities and to take into account the working conditions along the supply chain.

A second change we can expect is the stronger role for top management. Health and safety will become a central aspect of the overall management system, requiring a firm commitment from top management. The integration of the OH&S management system into the overall management system will be facilitated by the fact that ISO 45001 adopts the same structure as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

What is the timeline for the new standard?

The project committee has finished the first working draft in October 2013. In July 2014, the committee draft was published. A Draft International Standard (DIS) will be made available for public comment in the last quarter of 2014. The final draft is expected to be developed in 2015. Finally, ISO 45001 will be published in late 2016.

As the final publication date approaches, DQS will organize workshops and webinars to prepare organizations for the transition to ISO 45001.

About the Author

Dr. Thijs Willaert is Communications Manager at DQS-UL CFS GmbH

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