The timetable for the publication of ISO 45001, the new international health & safety standard set to replace OHSAS 18001:2007, looks to have been extended again, this time to December 2017, eighteen months after the originally planned publication date. An update on the ISO website advises that this could however be a ‘worst case scenario’ and they are still hoping to have the FDIS published within the next six months. According to sources within the ISO Secretariat, it is hoped that the DIS2 (or Draft International Standard) will be translated into various languages before being sent out for a second public consultation during February and March 2017.
However, the official timeline currently showing on the ISO website still shows a final approval date of September 2017, followed by the issue date of the end of the year.
It is believed that the eighteen month delay originated from the number of comments received during a public consultation on the draft paper last year. Over three thousand comments were made, concentrated mainly on the definitions of key concepts and changes that had to be considered be required as a result.
ISO 45001 is intended for use by any organization, regardless of its size or industry sector. The intention is that it is integratable into other health and safety programmes such as worker wellness and wellbeing, as well as being compatible with other standards in the ISO suite.
Further information on the Standard and timeline updates can be found here: International Standardisation Organisation Website