ISO 45001 is the first International Standard that specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system to enable an organisation to proactively improve its OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health.
ISO 45001 is intended to replace the widely-implemented BS OHSAS 18001. There have been several delays to the publication of the anticipated ISO 45001, the standard for health and safety management systems. The first draft, DIS1, failed to gain the required 75% support among the 69 participating national standards bodies. The second draft of ISO 45001, known as DIS2, is due for balloting on the 19th May. If the outcome is positive, the modified document will then be circulated to ISO members as a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS). In the event of an affirmative vote, ISO 45001 is expected to be published as an International Standard by February 2018.