Following a week of meetings in June 2016, during which ISO 45001 - the new occupational health and safety standard being developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) - moved to a second draft international standard (DIS2) stage, ISO/PC 283/WG1, the Working Group responsible for developing the new standard, met three weeks ago in Lithuania.
At that meeting, progress was made in agreeing the texts for DIS2 for the majority of clauses 4 to 10. The WG1 is convening again in February 2017 in Vienna to complete the review of the comments received.
Based on current progress and the latest information from the Working Group, the timeline for ISO 45001 publication is as follows:
- February 2017 – WG1 meets and completes its review of comments
- March 2017 – Editing and preparation of the DIS2
- April/May 2017 – The DIS2 is released for translation
- June/July 2017 – The DIS2 ballot is held
- September 2017 – PC283 and WG1 meet to review the results of the DIS2 ballot
If DIS2 is approved and the final draft international standard (FDIS) stage is not required, publication could be as early as October/November 2017. However, if FDIS is required, then publication is likely to be March 2018.
Steve Williams, LRQA Systems and Governance Manager, an external liaison member of ISO/PC 283 who has been participating in many of the task group meetings, said, “Given that work on ISO 45001 first began in 2013, we are now working on a four-year timeline, and the ISO Central Secretariat has approved a nine-month extension. This reinforces the importance of ISO 45001 and the significance of its applicability to organisations around the world.”
With all the major ISO standards being revised, LRQA is at the forefront of communicating the changes. We offer a range of assessment services as well public and in-house training courses, all aimed at helping to ensure that organisations worldwide have a smooth transition to the new standards.