Continuation of the ISO’s work in the field of occupational health and safety management

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The permanent Technical Committee ISO/TC 283, “Occupational Health and Safety Management”, chaired by Martin Cottam, Group Technical Assurance & Quality Director with the Lloyd’s Register, whose secretariat is run by Sally Swingewood of the BSI, met from 17 to 21 September 2018 in Coventry, England. Around 90 experts from 36 participating countries and 10 liaison organizations determined its work programme. Divided up into working groups, they were to write technical texts on two priority topics.

WG2 drew up a rough version of the ISO 45003 draft standard on “Occupational Health and Safety Management – Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – Guidelines”. It decided to speak not of psychosocial risks but psychological risks. This future standard will refer to the ISO 45001 standard published in March 2018 on OH&S Management systems and to ISO 10075 (parts 1 to 3) “Ergonomic principles related to mental workload”. ISO/TC 283, which wants to produce this document quickly, aims at publication within two years.

WG3, for its part, has started writing a draft manual for the implementation of ISO 45001 for SMEs, based on the manual relating to the ISO 14001 standard on environmental management. However, it hopes to write a fairly short document, in simple language, with concrete examples. This manual will not be a standard, and it will therefore not be subject to the specific stages, votes and enquiries of the standardization process. Formal approval by Technical Committee ISO/TC 283 is nevertheless planned before its publication by around November 2019.

The second plenary meeting of ISO/TC 283 will be held from 4 to 8 March 2019 in Texas.

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