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ISO/PC 283, the committee steering the standard, received some 3,000 comments from a consultation on the draft international standard (DIS) which concluded in May. As the ballot of the DIS failed to achieve approval, the standard will go to a DIS2 stage.
A draft reflecting any changes is expected in October 2016, the month originally planned for publication of the final text, and the committee plans to provide a second DIS for consultation at the start of 2017.
The DIS2 consultation will take place between February and March 2017, with another meeting in May to deal with any resulting queries. If there are no significant issues raised by national committees, the draft standard can go for final editing, with a view to it being published by the end of June 2017.
ISO 45001 is intended to provide a certified standard for OSH management systems to replace OHSAS 18001
Richard Jones, head of policy and public affairs at IOSH, which is a liaison body for ISO 45001, said: "The volume and diversity of responses to the DIS shows the keen interest and engagement that ISO 45001 is already generating. Securing agreement and reaching consensus remain vital.
"Extending the timeframe supports achievement of this and helps ensure the overall outcome is a practical, robust and effective standard that can assist organisations worldwide improve health and safety performance."
Words: Rob Cooling and Waddah Shihab Ghanem Al HashemiIllustration: Gary NeillStrategy has long been a vogue term in business. Executives say that strategies are needed before rushing head-first into tactical decision making. However, they sometimes struggle to understand the nature and content of effective strategies. Fundamentally, strategy is about making choices; typically concerning what you want to do and how you will achieve it. From a wider business perspective, this may include what products or services to offer and how to execute business decisions.
Speaking at IOSH 2016, at the ExCel in London, the institution’s policy director Shelley Frost said: “IOSH Blueprint is the global blueprint of competency for OSH, and will become the globally recognised benchmark for OSH skills and capability.”The framework, which has been two and a half years in development, has been used by 3,000 members since its beta launch just over three months ago.
GP leaders at the British Medical Association’s annual conference called on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to increase the amount of time a worker is able to take off with self-certified sickness from seven days to 14 days. They argued extending the threshold would free up valuable time and ease the burden on doctors. Doubling the self-certification period would reduce the number of appointments, which average 370 million a year – a rise of 70 million in the past seven years.
The incident happened at Wootton Bassett junction in Wiltshire on 7 March 2015. The train stopped almost 700 m after the signal, across the busy high speed junction on the Great Western mainline. An accident did not occur, however a collision between the steam locomotive and another train was narrowly avoided. Both trains were carrying about 750 people in total.
Messinger is former acting chief executive of Coventry City Council and corporate director of customer and workforce services and head of human resources at the council. She emerged from a very strong field of candidates, demonstrating considerable financial and management experience and corporate leadership and governance in complex stakeholder environments, said IOSH.
As we reported last month, reach trucks operated in close proximity to workers who were on foot sorting commercial leaflets at the bundling tables. Here, leaflets were weighed, packed together and put into cages which had to be rolled into storage lanes ready for collection by delivery vehicles.