Latest ISO 45001 update – November 2017
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) serves as the Administrator of the United States Committee (Technical Advisory Group – TAG) to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for the proposed ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Management Systems Standard under the ISO PC-283 Committee. The TAG advises ANSI on voting positions and submits the technical and professional comments addressing the proposed standard.
On. Nov. 7, 2017, ISO issued a letter to members of ISO/PC 283 indicating that the final draft international standard (FDIS) ballot for ISO 45001 will begin November. 30, 2017, and close on Jan. 25, 2018. According to ISO, If the FDIS ballot is successful, and the U.S. TAG headed by ASSE anticipates that it will be, ISO 45001 will be published in February 2018.
In addition, a previous announcement has been made by BSI (British Standards Institute), that the OHSAS 18001 (OHSMS) Standard will be withdrawn on publication of ISO 45001 and organizations currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will have a three-year period to migrate to ISO 45001.
ASSE is also the secretariat of the ANSI/ASSE Z10 OHSMS Standard and that document will not be withdrawn. The Society believes there is still a need for Z10 and organizations looking to implement a management system can then choose between ISO 45001 or Z10 depending on their own organizational needs and circumstances.
In addition, ASSE will continue to keep its membership, OSH Professionals, and stakeholder updated with the final development of this standard, with support materials, and training courses available to support the migration.
The following materials may assist you during your planning for implementation of an applicable management system:
The ASSE site for the Society’s ISO 45001 Certificate Training Program.
Continue to look for updates from ASSE on developments on this important standard.ASSE will continue to monitor and report on developments as ISO 45001 moves closer to publication.
What Will The ISO 45001 Mean For Me?
The proposed ISO 45001 Standard is potentially one of the most significant occupational safety and health voluntary national consensus to ever be promulgated. As an OSH Professional you work with safety management systems standard on an almost daily basis. This standard has the potential to move safety and health management forward on both a global level and in a country-by-country basis. As a professional it is imperative that you understand this standard, implementation, and implication for your company, colleagues, and clients. You will be in the position to advise and guide significant safety and health decisions in the near future.
Proposed Timeline for the ISO 45001 Standard