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ISO 45001 draft issued for comment

The long-awaited draft international standard (DIS) of ISO 45001 is now available.


It will be the first internationally agreed health and safety management systems standard to apply to organisations across the world.

Standards like ISO 45001 are developed to help organisations manage their processes and risks in a systematic and consistent way.

Reaching the DIS stage means the general public are being consulted about the standard for the first time. It is also the final opportunity for OSH professionals to comment on it.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve reached the advanced drafting stage of this important health and safety management systems standard,” said Richard Jones, IOSH’s head of policy and public affairs,” and that everyone has a chance to see it and comment.

“This keeps the standard’s development timetable on track and represents the fruition of over two years of IOSH close involvement in this international collaborative project.”

ISO 45001 is expected to be completed and published in October. It will replace BS OHSAS 18001 and have a greater emphasis on leadership, worker involvement, context and documented information, following the common high-level structure for management systems standards that also applies to the revised versions of the ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environmental) standards. 

A version of ISO 45001 in 2014 failed to obtain sufficient support from member bodies to turn the project committee draft into a DIS. But in July 2015 a revised text was approved by the member bodies for transition to the current DIS after the committee’s September meeting.

IOSH has played a major part in the development of the standard as it has Category A liaison body status on the project committee (PC 283). This means it has had direct access to all PC 283 papers and attended the committee meetings, participated in work groups and been consulted on developments.

Jones added: “IOSH is delighted to be an ISO Category A Liaison body and to have been able to draw on members’ expertise from across the globe during the development of ISO 45001.”

IOSH members are now invited to send any comments on the DIS, by 4 March 2016 (on the template provided) to help inform the IOSH submissions to both BSI HS/1 Committee for the UK response and, as a Category A Liaison, also directly to ISO.

Please note:

  • Comments should be submitted to IOSH (consultation@iosh.co.uk) on the commenting template, referring to line numbers, with reasons for suggested changes (highlighting any crucial issues) and providing new text.
  • IOSH cannot accept comments that aren’t on the template and identified by line number and would also ask that you don’t submit editorial comments as these are addressed at final editing.
  • Text in blue represents “high level text” used for standardisation purposes and normally this cannot be changed, unless there is an overriding reason.



Marcus Boocock is a communications officer at IOSH. He was previously a journalist at the Nottingham Post.


  • So how do we get a copy of

    Permalink Submitted by Peter Tickner on 15 January 2016 - 11:33 am

    So how do we get a copy of the document so that we can comment on it?

  • Dear Sir,

    Permalink Submitted by Jose Noyal Kalarikal Mathews CMIOSH on 16 January 2016 - 05:52 am

    Dear Sir,
    ISO standards must include the clause of welfare with salary has one of the auditable elements to ensure that companies in Middle East and Asia display a commitment to disbursing salaries in time. No company which has failed in ensuring this responsibility to employees must be included in certification at least for a year.
    This based on my experience in Middle East and Asia.

  • Sorry for the delay Peter. If

    Permalink Submitted by Louis_Wustemann on 22 January 2016 - 03:38 pm

    Sorry for the delay Peter. If you follow the hyperlinked word DIS in the para above the bullet points that will take you to a page on the IOSH site where you can download it if you log in.

    Hope that helps.

  • Full of salient points. Don't

    Permalink Submitted by Crystal on 6 March 2016 - 12:04 am

    Full of salient points. Don't stop beleviing or writing!


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