ISO 45001

On July 13 ended the balloting period for the second draft of ISO / DIS 45001.2: 2017.  The results indicated that 57 votes of approval, seven votes of disapproval and eight abstentions had been submitted; consequently, the DIS has been approved by the ISO/PC 283.  It seems that the modifications to earlier editions now meet most countries’ needs.

Occupational Health and Safety

ISO DIS 45001.2 is approved!

The FDIS ballot is now scheduled to start on 30th November 2017 and to be completed on 25th January 2018. If the FDIS ballot is successful, there will then be a short period of final preparation of the text, before ISO 45001is published in February 2018.

Further information and updates on the development of ISO 45001 and its publication schedule will be issued by DQS as they become available.


When the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) Project Group published OHSAS 18001 (requirements) and 18002 (guidelines for implementation) in 1999, it constituted the first single, unified approach to the subject of occupational health and safety. By the time BSI Group adopted OHSAS 18001 as a British Standard in 2009, more than 54.000 certificates had been issued in 116 countries.

Building upon this strong foundation and with an aim to increase the international acceptance of the 18000 standards, the International Standards Organization (ISO) in 2013 embarked on the project of developing ISO 45001 as an improved analogue and successor.

Statistics of loss and death*

Every day:

  • 868 493 accidents occur on the job
  • 6 300 workers die from work-related accidents or illnesses globally
  • A total of 4% of the world’s Gross National Product (GNP) is lost for the same reasons – Or, in other words, every company loses 4% of their turn-over

Objective of ISO 45001

The objective of ISO 45001 is to help organizations in designing systems to prevent injury and ill health, regardless of size or industry. All its requirements are designed to be integrated into an organization’s overall management processes, following the so-called ISO High Level Structure, already adopted by ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.

Expected Content Changes

Because the standard is currently still in development, we need to be careful with the conclusions we draw at this point.

The standard will have the same structure as ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, and will also share the same terminology. This will make it easier to integrate OH&S management into the overall management system.

There a couple of changes worth noting:

  • Focus on the context of organizations
  • Risk-based approach
  • Context of organizations
  • Stronger role for top management

Benefits of ISO 45001

  • International standards set benchmarks that apply across political, economic and social barriers
  • High-level structure for easy integration with ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and others
  • Suitable for organizations of any size or structure
  • Reduce risk and improve your brand’s image in the eyes of customers and business partners
  • Less accidents means less interruption of operational processes
  • Protect your brand by ensuring your suppliers fulfil OHSAS requirements
  • Simplifies compliance with legal and regulatory requirements

Certified organizations will need to transition to the revised standard. That means that you will have to review your understanding of the organization´s context and the needs and expectations of relevant interested parties. You will have to determine the risks and opportunities that need to be addressed, and – depending on the results of your analysis –   processes and system documentation may have to be revised and be aligned with the new requirements.