The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has voiced its dissatisfaction with the current draft of ISO 45001, claiming there is “further work to be done” to make sure that it meets international labour standards.

Balloting on the second draft of ISO 45001 began on 19 May, after the first draft failed to gain the necessary 75% support from the 69 participating national standards bodies.

Nancy Leppink, chief of the ILO's labour administration, labour inspection and health and safety branch, said that while “significant progress” has been made in addressing the shortcomings of the first draft, there “continues to be areas where the ILO believes that further work needs to be done to resolve the final gaps in the ILO’s concern”.

When asked about these gaps, Leppink commented, “International labour standards are clear about certain things; for example the engagement, through consultation and participation, of workers and that should be well articulated within the standard”. Other areas of concern include:

  • compliance with the law;
  • collective bargaining agreements;
  • the concept of the “hierarchy of controls” in the standard;
  • the definition of “workers”;
  • personal protective equipment; and
  • training.

PC 283, the central committee drafting the standard for the ISO, will meet again on 18-23 September to decide whether a final draft is required. If all goes to plan, the finished standard could be published in the Autumn. If not, a final draft known as an FDIS may be required, meaning the final standard is likely to be published in February 2018.