New timeframe for ISO45001

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The tough task of replacing the British Standard 18001 (BS OHSAS 18001) with the new International Standard 45001 (ISO 45001) hasn’t gone as smoothly as some may have hoped. In May 2016 the ballot failed to approve the Draft International Standard (DIS) and with 3000 comments and suggestions for improvement a new timeframe has been set with an extension that could delay ISO 45001 until 2018 – although ISO are doing all they can to deliver by 25 October 2017.  

The new timeline is likely to look something along the lines of:

February 2017    

The Working Group meets and completes its review of comments

March 2017  

Editing and preparation of the second Draft International Standard (DIS2)

April - May 2017

The DIS2 is released for translation

June - July 2017

The DIS2 ballot is held

September 2017

The Project Committee and Working Group meet to review the results of the DIS2 ballot

Two outcomes are then possible:

  1. Assuming that the DIS2 achieves approval with only a small number of comments, the Project Committee is likely to agree to avoid the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) stage, and if the review of DIS2 comments is completed at the September meeting, publication could be October or November 2017, potentially using part of an allowed nine month extension to the four year timeframe.
  2. If, however, an FDIS stage is decided as being necessary, or a large volume of comments is received requiring further meetings to process them, the publication is likely to be March 2018 at the earliest, again using some of the nine month extension.

What have ISO done to ensure the standard is fit for purpose?

The Working Group and the Project Committee have created a new group, the Task Group, whose sole purpose is to carry out a detailed review of the comments and the next step will be to release DIS2.

What progress has been made?

The Task Group got to work with a meeting in September in Denmark, and completed an initial review of the comments against the Introduction and clauses 4 to 10 of the DIS. The Working Group have since picked up the baton, meeting in Lithuania late October to early November and made good progress in preparing the text of the DIS2.

What happens next?

The Working Group agreed the need for a further meeting to complete the review of comments, currently planned for February 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

What should you be doing now?

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