The latest Draft of the International Standard for Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems, ISO 45001 has been released for consultation.

Previous amended drafts of the new standard were rejected, however it is hoped this this may possibly be the last draft before the new standard comes into publication. If the latest draft is accepted by a ballot of National Standards Body (NSB) which is due to take place between May and July, rules allow the NSB to vote to drop the final draft stage, as long as technical changes are not made to the previous draft. This could mean that the standard may be published by the end of November 2017. However if a final draft is required, publication will yet again be delayed and is anticipated to be around February or March 2018.

Richard Jones, Head of Policy at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) commented: ''The terms and definitions have all been agreed and the whole thing has been tidied up.'' He also added that the Annex to the draft Standard which details advice on measures to meet the standard, has been substantially simplified.

The next public consultation on the draft is due to take place on 19 May 2017.

A copy of the draft along with the template for consultation question submissions can be found on the IOSH website.