The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released the Draft International Standard (DIS) ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems on February 12, 2016. ISO/DIS 45001:2016 is available through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), with the final version expected to be published as an International Standard by late 2016 or early 2017.

ISO 45001 is a new International Standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S), providing a framework for managing the prevention of death, work related injury and ill health, with the intended outcome to improve and provide a safe and healthy workplace for workers and persons under an organization’s control.

ISO/DIS 45001:2016, Occupational health and safety management systems takes into account other International Standards in this area, such as OHSAS 18001. The standard is intended to help organizations, regardless of size or industry, in designing systems to proactively prevent injury and ill health. All of its requirements are designed to be integrated into an organization’s management processes.

The new standard will implement the Annex SL process and structure, making integration of multiple ISO management system standards easier, as well as adding the recognition of the ISO management system standards name.

ISO 45001 enables an organization, through its OH&S management system, to integrate other aspects of health and safety, such as worker wellness/wellbeing. The ISO 45001 standard calls for the organization's management and leadership to integrate responsibility for health and safety issues as part of the organization's overall plan rather than shift responsibility to, for example, a safety manager.

For more information about ISO 45001, review our ISO 45001 Information Guide or contact information@nsf-isr.org or Joy Keniston-Longrie, PE, REHS, Environmental, Health and Safety Business Manager, at 734-369-0518 or jkenistonlongrie@nsf.org. NSF-ISR will be announcing a webinar reviewing the changes in the coming weeks.