Further Delays for ISO 45001

Further Delays for ISO 45001

  • Date: Monday 13th February 2017
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BS OHSAS 18001:2007 is an international standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management.  Despite waiting patiently for the launch of its hotly-anticipated replacement, called ISO 45001, industry was dealt a further blow in 2016 resulting in the proposed launch of the new standard being pushed back until late 2017.

However, the necessary complex consultation process involving numerous national standards bodies continues to identify many sticking points, and this could potentially see the 2017 launch date being pushed back further still into early 2018.  In fact, if the nature and scale of these issues is sufficient we could see even more delays, as the entire publication process would then need to be reviewed from scratch.

The publication of any new international standard is often a difficult journey, as we are effectively trying to create and agree on an 'internationally recognised way of doing something' which must be suitable for many different countries, industries and applications.  It is well known that there is no 'one size fits all' when it comes to management systems of any kind, and yet in one respect that is exactly what an international standard is trying to achieve. 

Of course, in order for this to work the requirements must be generic enough to be relevant and applicable to a wide range of organisation types and sizes, but at the same time be specific enough to provide an agreed and robust framework for effective control.  So, in order to make the new ISO 45001 standard as equally relevant, applicable and effective for both types of organisation, without imposing unnecessary burdens or watering down the requirements or benefits is actually quite a big task.

The requirements of the standard can be thought of as 'boundaries' within which the organisation must operate - the real value is added by interpreting what each requirement could look like in practice for each application.  It goes without saying that a small family bakery with six staff would approach H&S management very differently to a large manufacturer or construction firm with over 300 employees, but the core concepts and requirements in ISO 45001 would remain identical. 


To help interpret these requirements SSG provides a range of ISO consultancy services relating to the design, build and maintenance of systems certified to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007.  Our team of consultants provide an entirely bespoke and hands-on service, to guide you through the process of understanding your business, the risks and opportunities it faces, and how to implement the necessary changes to achieve certification to the standard of your choice.  If you are considering working towards certification to any, or a combination of these standards and would like to discuss your requirements please contact our Sales Team on 01752 201616.

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