ISO 45001: What you need to know about the new standard

Safety personnel with hard hat and vest

Each day, over 6 300 people die from incidents and sickness caused from the workplace. That is approximately 2.3 million people annually.

Organisations - and our society as a whole - suffer great losses from the costs of workplace injuries and diseases; through staff absence and increased insurance premiums, staff morale hitting the floor from a variety of causes, and of course losses of valuable team members for short, long and indefinite periods of time.

ISO 45001 has been developed to battle the raft of challenges that have presented themselves in this realm. An Occupational Health and Safety management system standard, consisting of requirements that will entice and support companies creating a framework to increase employee safety.

Currently, the new standard is being developed by a committee of experts, and will follow the same framework and approach as the existing ISO 9001 Quality Management and ISO 14001 Environmental Management standards. It is also expected ISO 45001 will replace the pre-existing standards such as AS/NZS 4801 and OHSAS 18001.

It is evident the standard now meets most nations needs as the committee voted with 88% favour for the new draft. The next step in the process will be a meeting of the drafting committee in Malacca, Malaysia, in the middle of September. There it will be decided to develop a modified final draft standard for approval, or to publish the current one. However, the final date for the publication of ISO 45001 will presumably be in 2018.

To learn more about the new ISO 45001 standard, register for our free webinar here, or enrol in our ISO 45001 Essentials course which takes you step by step through the clauses and prepares you with practical measures you can implement now!

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