ISO 45001 Moves a Step Closer to Publication

The widely discussed and highly anticipated ISO 45001 standard on occupational health and safety management systems has moved another big step toward publication. The second version of the draft international standard (DIS #2) has been approved. The U.S. (through ANSI) voted in favor of the standard (“yes with comments”). ASSE is the administrator of the U.S. technical advisory group (TAG) that developed the U.S. position on the standard.

In September, ISO’s PC283 committee will determine whether a final DIS (FDIS) version is required. If an FDIS is not required, the final standard would likely be published in late 2017. Should an FDIS be required, publication would likely occur in the first quarter of 2018.

The proposal for a global occupational health and safety management standard was originally proposed in the mid-1990s and the U.S. (via the U.S. TAG and ASSE) has been working on the standard for 4 years. To learn more about this standard and its anticipated effect on the OSH profession and the practice of safety globally, visit ASSE’s ISO 45001 website and read about its ISO 45001 certificate program.