Four weeks of meetings, between June 2016 and February 2017, were needed to deal with the 3,000 comments made during the international enquiry on the draft ISO 45001 standard on Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. The enquiry had been closed in May 2016 on a negative vote.
The last meeting of ISO/PC 283 working group 1, held in Vienna from 6 to 10 February in the presence of about sixty experts, made it possible to finalize the long process to reach a document that could be re-submitted for consultation. The draft, more complete and consensual, underwent numerous amendments. The annex containing guidelines and interpretations was completely revised and gained in maturity.
After proofreading a last few times, in the next few days the PC 283 secretariat will send the document to the ISO central secretariat for a further international enquiry to be initiated.
A further meeting of ISO/PC 283 is already scheduled from 18 to 23 September 2017 to study the replies and discuss the new comments expressed by the 65 participant countries and the 19 liaison members. Bear in mind that the publication of this standard depends on obtaining a positive vote for this DIS2, which means that a two-thirds majority of the votes expressed by the committee members (P) must approve the draft and that the number of negative votes must not exceed 25% of the total number of votes expressed. The first DIS vote met the first condition, but 28% of negative votes weighed in favour of rejecting the draft.
In the event of a positive vote, publication of the future ISO 45001 standard, initially planned for the end of 2016, is expected in November 2017 for the most optimistic observers, but will more likely be effective from March 2018.