ISO 45001, the international standard that will replace BS OHSAS 18001, has now reached the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage. The standard sets requirements for occupational health and safety management systems and will be published towards the end of 2016. In order to assist organizations that wish to be certified with the transition from BS OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001, Niall Services will inform you of the latest developments on a regular basis.
Because the standard is currently still in development, we need to be careful with the conclusions we draw at this point. The aim of the standard remains the same: to set requirements for OH&S management systems, and thus to help organizations ensure the health and safety of the people who work for them.
ISO 45001 will not define specific KPIs for health and safety, but rather requires continuous improvement in the KPIs an organization has set.
ISO 45001 was originally scheduled to be published by the end of 2016. However, because the ISO members rejected an initial committee draft (CD), a second Committee Draft (CD2) had to be created. The publication may therefore have to be delayed until early 2017.
According to the latest information, the Draft International Standard (DIS) will be published in January or February 2016. If the DIS is received positively, the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) can follow in the summer of 2016 and the final publication can be expected anywhere between October 2016 and April 2017.