As I wrote in my previous blog, the revision to ISO45001 is well underway. The UK panel of health & safety experts recently finished considering the 300 comments received from the industry on the Draft International Standard released in early February.
As a member of this UK BSI HS1 committee, I sat in on the discussion around these comments and can provide some insight into the process, key comments and next steps.
The committee narrowed down the comments to approximately 100, removing and consolidating duplicates. The committee then submitted the comment document to ISO.
Key topics which the UK has commented on include:
- Greater emphasis on occupational health, both in explicit requirements and in the annex guidance, including health and medical surveillance and psychosocial issues
- Additional requirements and guidance around the need for organisational competence on OH&S matters
- The responsibility an organisation has to interested parties which can be affected by its activities
- Improvements to key definitions , including ‘OH&S objective’, ‘injury and/or ill-health’ and ‘competence’
UK ballot position
BSI held a public meeting in March and a follow-up webinar. Both events endorsed the UK committee decision to approve the draft standard to go forward to the next stage, with comments being submitted for further improvement to the text. Less than 2% of those consulted expressed a negative opinion. The UK has therefore officially approved the draft.
The next step is for ISO to vote on the revised version of the draft.