The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has announced that the finalised ISO 45001 standard will be published in March 2018.

A vote on 25 January saw the final draft of the standard approved by 93% of the national standards body, well above the 75% required for adoption.

The new standard will replace OHSAS 18001, which will be withdrawn after the publication of ISO 45001. There will be a three year transitional period for organisations that are certified to OHSAS 18001 to migrate to the new standard. 

Chair of ISO/PC 283, David Smith, welcomed the alignment of ISO 45001 with the suite of ISO management system standards. He commented: “We now have an international standard for occupational health and safety, aligned with other business standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO/IEC 27001, that helps organisations manage this key risk as part of their business processes. ISO 45001 is a significant improvement on OHSAS 18001, which has established that standardisation using the risk-based approach works across the world and business sectors. Effective application of ISO 45001 will reduce the risk of harm in the workplace.”

Want to know more?

In April, just a few weeks after ISO 45001 is officially published, Cedrec will be visiting London, Birmingham, Manchester and Gateshead with a special Roadshow covering everything you need to know about the new standard.

We'll be providing information, the chance to fire away any questions you have, and of course, refreshments!

Be sure to book your place on our ISO 45001: A Safety Odyssey event.