***Update: ISO 45001:2018 has been published. You can get it here: ISO/FDIS 45001:2018, or read more about it here: ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Released.
The first draft of ISO/CD 45001 is out. A standard for occupational health and safety management systems, ISO 45001 is inspired by and set to replace OHSAS 18001. Although the overall aim remains unchanged, there are certain differences to be discussed and to anticipate. For one thing, like other recent ISO standards, ISO 45001 will be using the Annex SL process and structure, easing the use and integration of multiple ISO management system standards by a single organization.
Moving on to content, some of the major differences changes in 45001 are an increased focus on the context of an organization and a stronger role for the top management and leadership.
The context of an organization corresponds to looking at the organization in its environment, looking at its supply chain, and so on. This means that organizations cannot shift risk over to other entities. ISO 45001 also calls for the organization’s management and leadership to integrate responsibility for health and safety issues as part of the organization’s overall plan rather than shift responsibility to, for example, a safety manager.
Serving as a revision to OHSAS 18001, ISO 45001 also brings an expansion in reach with the inclusion of the collaborative input of more countries, organizations, and professionals. Furthermore, the ISO brand carries additional weight as the ISO Management System Standards are already well regarded across the globe.