ISO 45001 published and available for download
The ISO 45001 standard was proposed in October 2013 to assist in the reduction of occupational injuries and disease. The new standard will replace the previous workplace health and safety standard, OHSAS 18001.
After years of drafting, the new standard has been published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and is also available for download.
The ISO 45001 is the world’s first international standard for occupational health and safety initiatives, and will benefit organisations of all sizes and industries.
According to the ISO, more than 7 600 deaths occur each day from work-related accidents or diseases – which totals more than 2,78 million every year.
The purpose of the new standard is to provide effective processes to improve work safety globally.
According to HSP Online, 374 million non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses occur each year, many of these resulting in work absenteeism.
HSP further notes that the standard will provide governmental agencies, industry and other affected stakeholders with practical guidance for improving worker safety around the world. By means of an easy-to-use framework, it can be applied to both captive and partner factories and production facilities, regardless of their location.
Over 70 countries were involved in drafting the documents, developed by ISO/PC 283, occupational health and safety management systems, with the British Standards Institution (BSI) serving as the committee secretariat.
The ISO 45001:2018 standard is available for download* here.
*Please note that this is a preview text only. The full text download will need to be purchased via the corresponding link on the ISO website. For more information, readers can follow this link to the SABS website.