ISO 45001 likely to go to final draft

ISO 45001 is moving closer to final approval. This international standard for occupational safety and health management systems will affect business in Scotland as it is expected to replace British Standard OHSAS 18001 in a three-year migration period.

Paul Reeve, head of business services at the Electrical Contractors’ Associations, reminded us in July that the new standard is …” a fairly high expression of ‘good to best management practice’. It will apply to smaller businesses, which is the kind of company mmmultitude work within the west of Scotland.

The new standard is intended to be preventive in nature; to help organisations manage the health and safety risks of their employees to minimise harm to try and prevent the phenomenal amount injury and harm that occurs every year.

There is uncertainty over whether the current draft will go to a final draft before publication in 2018. It is possible that this draft could be amended for publication before the end of this year if the changes to the text are not too extensive or difficult to incorporate.

The working group, part of the project committee developing the new standard, met for what is expected to be the final meeting in the Malaysian city of Malacca from the 18 to 23 September.

For more information on the difference between the new standard and BS OHSAS catch this webinar discussion on the IOSH website.