ISO Standards Update: Draft International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety – ISO 45001 – fails to gain full approval

The first draft international standard (DIS) of ISO 45001, the highly anticipated international standard for occupational health and safety, has failed to gain the necessary votes for approval in the recent ballot of committee members, comprising representatives from the national standards bodies involved in developing the new standard. The consultation process, which took place between 12 February and 12 May has generated over 3000 comments, which means that the standard is unlikely to be published until early 2017.

Attention now turns to the next ISO/PC283 Project Committee meeting, which is due to take place in early June. At that time the comments will be reviewed and a decision made as to the next stage in the development, consultation and ballot process.

LRQA’s System and Governance Manager, Steve Williams explained; “While the result of the ballot may delay the publication of the standard, the comments received show that all parties are working together towards creating a document that will meet the needs and expectations of the all end users and will result in a standard that will protect the health and safety of workers and interested parties.”

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