As predicted by LRQA last week, ISO has just announced that the first Committee Draft (CD) of ISO 45001 - the new occupational health and safety standard - has been published.
This draft standard, inspired by the well-known OHSAS 18001, is designed to help companies and organisations around the world ensure the health and safety of the people who work for them.
ISO recently interviewed David Smith, Chairman of the committee developing the standard, who among other topics, talked about some of the major differences between OHSAS 18001 and the new ISO 45001; “Well, obviously, the overall aim of the standard remains the same and those familiar with OHSAS 18001 will recognise many of the themes in the new ISO standard,” explained David. “However, there have been some very interesting developments related to the new rules for developing International Management System Standards (for more information, see Annex SL of the ISO Directives). For example, there is now a much stronger focus on the ‘context’ of an organisation as well as a stronger role for top management and leadership.” The full ISO interview with David Smith can be accessed here.
“As David highlighted, ISO 45001 will incorporate Annex SL – the common text and structure for all new and revised ISO standards,” said Steve Williams, LRQA System & Governance Manager and an external liaison member of ISO Project Committee (PC) 283 Working Group 1 (WG1) for ISO 45001. “Clearly, the revisions of all of the world’s major standards are now gathering pace with ISO 45001 moving to CD and both the international quality standard ISO 9001 and environmental standard ISO 14001 being at Draft International Stage (DIS).” Through LRQA’s membership of the Independent International Organisation for Certification (IIOC), LRQA participates in all of the major committees helping to shape the future of the world’ leading ISO standards.
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