What changes can we expect between BS OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001?

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.

On account of the standard’s compatibility with ISO 9001 (quality management), an increasing number of organizations choose to implement integrated management systems, in order to take advantage of the synergies. Environmental, quality, and occupational health and safety management systems (BS OHSAS 18001) are fundamental tools of corporate management; their use demonstrates acceptance of responsibility, and the intention to prevent the waste of resources.

What is the timeline for the new standard?

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. As the final publication date approaches, DQS will organize workshops and webinars to prepare organizations for the transition to ISO 45001.

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ISO 45001

While ISO 45001 largely stands in continuity with BS OHSAS 18001, there a couple of changes worth noting: