ISO 45001 draft international standard delayed

16 May 2016

Publication of the long-awaited new international standard for occupational health and safety – ISO 45001 – is likely to be delayed after participating members of the ISO committee ‘disapproved’ its first draft.

Participating members – ie. those national standards bodies elected to work on the development of the draft international standard (DIS) – were balloted between 12 February  and 12 May on whether to approve it.

Seventy-one per cent voted in favour, with 28 per cent against (one per cent abstained). For the DIS to have passed, two-thirds had to be in favour with less than a quarter against, taking into account abstentions

Members of the ISO 45001 work group – a worldwide collaboration of organisations involved in OHS, including IOSH – were notified over the weekend that the DIS had failed to gain approval.

Regardless of the outcome, the consultation that took place during the period of the ballot resulted in more than 3,000 comments – a scale of feedback likely to delay publication of the standard anyway, until February 2017, while it is considered.

IOSH head of policy and public affairs Richard Jones said: “While we cannot go into detail, there are a variety of reasons why participating members have voted against this, and these will need to be resolved at a meeting next month.

“Once concerns about the standard have been addressed, a revised version (DIS2) will be produced for further consultation and ballot.

“IOSH will keep its members abreast of developments. We would ask them to log into MyIOSH and check the ISO 45001 section of our website to keep up to date, or keep an eye on news in IOSH Magazine.”