LRQA ISO Standards Update: ISO 45001 will progress to second Draft International Standard stage

The first draft international standard (DIS) of ISO 45001, the highly anticipated international standard for occupational health and safety, failed to gain the necessary votes for approval in a recent ballot of committee members, comprising representatives from the national standards bodies involved in developing the new standard.

ISO/PC283, the Project Committee responsible for the development of the new standard met last week in order to make a decision about the next stage in the development, consultation and ballot process.

Following a week of meetings, ISO/PC 283 has confirmed that ISO 45001 will move to a second Draft International Standard (DIS2) stage and the anticipated timeline currently expects DIS2 to be available by early 2017.

The current timelines are:

  • August/September 2016 – drafting group meeting to review remaining comments
  • October 2016 – Plenary meeting to take place, if agreed, the draft will form the DIS2
  • Feb/March 2017 – two months DIS2 ballot
  • May 2017 – Plenary meeting to review comments and vote on DIS2

If a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) isn’t required, the publication of ISO 45001 is expected in June 2017. If an FDIS is required, publication is likely to be November 2017.

LRQA’s System and Governance Manager, Steve Williams explained; “The meeting in Toronto has addressed some of the issues which came out of the last ballot but there is still some further work needed to review the comments received. While this has delayed publication of the standard, it should be viewed positively as this provides an additional opportunity to refine and improve upon ISO/DIS 45001.”

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