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ISO 45001 suffers setback

Publication of the long-awaited new international standard for occupational health and safety – ISO 45001 – is likely to be delayed after participating members of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) committee “disapproved” the draft circulated in January.

Members of the ISO 45001 work group meeting in Trinidad in January 2015 to discuss the international standard.
Members of the ISO 45001 work group meeting in Trinidad in January 2015 to discuss the international standard.

Participating members - the national standards bodies elected to work on the development of the draft international standard (DIS) - were balloted between 12 February and 12 May on whether to approve it.

Seventy-one per cent voted in favour, with 28% against (1% abstained). For the DIS to have passed, two-thirds of members had to be in favour and less than a quarter against, taking into account abstentions.

Members of the ISO 45001 work group – a worldwide collaboration of safety and health organisations, including IOSH – were notified over the weekend that the DIS had failed to gain approval.

Regardless of the vote, the consultation that took place during the period of the ballot resulted in more than 3,000 comments – a scale of feedback likely to delay publication of the standard anyway, until February 2017, while it is considered.

IOSH head of policy and public affairs Richard Jones said: “While we cannot go into detail, there are a variety of reasons why participating members have voted against this, and these will need to be resolved at a meeting next month.

“Once concerns about the standard have been addressed, a revised version (DIS2) will be produced for further consultation and ballot.

“IOSH will keep its members abreast of developments. We would ask them to log into MyIOSH and check the ISO 45001 section of our website to keep up to date, or keep an eye on news in IOSH Magazine.”

 

 

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  • well lets be honest here

    Permalink Submitted by steve paul on 18 May 2016 - 12:28 pm

    well lets be honest here
    the emperor really doesn`t need any new clothes

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  • I believe some of the

    Permalink Submitted by Paul Reeve on 18 May 2016 - 12:31 pm

    I believe some of the comments are being reviewed and this might (I say might) conceivably lead to a revised ballot result in the next few weeks.

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  • It is still quite possible to

    Permalink Submitted by Chris Passmore on 18 May 2016 - 12:57 pm

    It is still quite possible to implement and maintain an OHSAS 18001 compliant system alongside the other upgraded management standards which makes the "disapproval" rather puzzling.

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  • I'm sorry but why can't they

    Permalink Submitted by Safety Collins on 18 May 2016 - 01:53 pm

    I'm sorry but why can't they go into details? It's not as if those of us interested in ISO standards aren't able to handle some detail! And the solutions might be quite simple - why can't we see the issues that held this up and see if we can't help fix them? Could it be that revealing the details would embarrass someone? Will there now have to be more meetings in places like Trinidad for everyone involved for a few more years?

    So the vote was mighty close. So close in fact that maybe only one or two people who actually scuppered it. But rules are rules for ISO? Seems a silly rule if it means consensus can't be reached for years longer (especially as the bones of contention might actually be minor - we'll presumably never be allowed to know just h0w minor they might be).

    Poor show all round.

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  • Why can't they go into detail

    Permalink Submitted by Victoria Chadwick on 18 May 2016 - 07:15 pm

    Why can't they go into detail? Be transparent about the issues!

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  • I'd suggest someone wants to

    Permalink Submitted by Chris Cornell on 20 May 2016 - 07:13 am

    I'd suggest someone wants to travel on the gravy train a while longer too.

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  • Very disappointing regarding:

    Permalink Submitted by Steve Notts on 20 May 2016 - 03:03 pm

    Very disappointing regarding:

    No feedback regarding these 'minor' issues.
    Do these the doubting few have a conscience? people as i write are experiencing occupational harm!
    I agree with the above post, what a ridiculous rule, 71%!
    Who holds ISO to account?

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