The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has confirmed that a third and final vote on the revised draft standard ISO 45001 on occupational health and safety will take place, before the finished version is published by the end of March 2018.

The announcement came after a week long meeting of the project committee working group, who are overseeing the replacement of OSHAS 18001, with ISO 45001, in Malaysia between 18 and 23 September. Their task was to consider comments on the second draft, which amounted to some 1630.

The working group submitted the revised text to the wider project committee for a decision on whether to proceed straight to publication, or opt for a vote on a final draft. ISO's central secretariat have now opted for the latter, suggesting the text will be sufficiently changed to warrant further consultation.

Speaking at a press conference in Malaysia following the meeting, ISO technical programme manager José Alcorta, said that the committee hoped to publish the completed standard by March 2018. “If we are successful in getting the final draft out and the votes are positive for the final draft, then it will be published in the first quarter of next year”.

In the meantime, the British Standards Institute (BSI) is consulting on draft guidance that will help to explain how to implement the new ISO 45001 standard. They are asking for comments on how BS 45002, on Occupational health and safety management systems – General guidelines for the application of ISO 45001 could be improved.

This consultation will close on 10 October 2017.

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