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ISO 45001 Health and Safety Management system to be published

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has just announced that ISO 45001, the new international standard for occupational safety and health, is set to be published in early March 2018. ISO 45001 will replace OHSAS 18001, which has been widely adopted by organisations seeking an effective health and safety management system 


The new standard mirrors the management system structure used for existing environmental and quality standards ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. As such it will be the first global standard of its kind, providing organisations with a framework for improving health and safety management, reducing workplace risks and creating healthier, safer working conditions for employees, and others affected by the organisations activities.


In announcing the publication of the new standard 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. 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.”


OHSAS 18001 will be withdrawn when ISO 45001 is released, and those already working to OHSAS 18001, will recognise most of the requirements in ISO 45001. However, there are several changes from OHSAS 18001, which will need to be studied in more detail including 

  • The Business Context: Chapter 4.1, external and internal issues: This inserts new clauses for systematic determination and monitoring of the business context.
  • The involvement of workers and other interested parties: Chapter 4.2 requires additional attention to the needs and expectations for workers and other interested parties and worker involvement. Organisations must systematically identify and understand factors that need to be managed through the management system.
  • The management of risk and opportunity: Chapters 6.1.1,, 6.1.4: Organisations are to determine, consider and, where necessary, act to address any risks or opportunities that may impact (either positively or negatively) the ability of the management system to deliver its intended results, including enhanced health and safety at the workplace.
  • Commitment of leadership and management: Chapter 5.1, ISO 45001 provide for a stronger emphasis on senior management to actively engage and take accountability for the effectiveness of the management system.
  • Setting objectives and measuring performance: Chapters 6.2.1,6.2.2) add a additional focus on objectives as drivers for improvements 

There are also extended requirements for:

  • Participation, consultation and participation of workers (5.4)
  • Communication (7.4): More prescriptive in respect of the “mechanics” of communication, including determination of what, when and how to communicate.
  • Procurement, including outsourced processes, and contractors (8.1.4)


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