The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has confirmed that ISO 45001, the Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard will be published at the end of March 2018.
The Second Draft (DIS2)
The second draft standard (DIS2) was published in May 2017 and received 88% approval rating from the various national standards bodies (NBSs) and as this exceeded the necessary two-thirds approval the standard will now go to FDIS stage; the penultimate stage before the publication of the final version of ISO 45001. Only 11% voted against the DIS2 version but dissenters included Germany, France and Spain.
Because of the number of concerns expressed about the DIS2 version of the standard it has been decided to publish an FDIS version. This will attract another vote by the NBSs; without any further comments on the structure or content of the standard being allowed.
ISO 45001 will replace OHSAS 18001 with a three-year transition being anticipated after the ISO standard is published.
A number of significant changes have been introduced by ISO 45001, not least of which is the introduction of the Annex SL format and terminology. Annex SL was developed in order to ensure that all future ISO management system standards (including the putative ISO 45001) share a common format irrespective of the specific discipline to which they relate.
Annex SL prescribes a high-level structure, identical core text, and common terms and core definitions. This common structure will greatly facilitate the integration of management systems including quality (ISO 9001), environment (ISO 14001), energy (ISO 50001) and health & safety (ISO 45001).