The home stretch for ISO 45001?

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A meeting in Malaysia of about 120 participants from 18 to 23 September 2017 was all that was needed for the Project Committee ISO/PC 283 to approve the final technical changes to be made to the ISO draft DIS2 before submitting it for the final FDIS vote before publication.

An ad hoc procedure was established for fast-track consensus-based acceptance of the 1627 comments. Each working-group expert present at the meeting was invited to propose for discussion an item considered as a major aspect and expressed in one or more comments. Items which received more than 66% of the electronic votes were able to be discussed at the meeting. Following the discussions, only those comments again obtaining two-thirds of favourable expert opinions were accepted, leading de facto to an amendment of the draft.

Several comments considered as major by the French member committee, such as the question of outsourcing, were able to be discussed and accepted. The technical comments not dealt with at this meeting will be archived by the ISO/PC 283 secretariat for examination during a subsequent revision. The comments considered as purely editorial will, for their part, be dealt with directly by this same secretariat.

During the final FDIS vote, which is expected to be held in December 2017, no technical comment can be made. The ISO member countries can merely approve or disapprove of the draft, abstain or issue a written comment.

The draft will be accepted for publication, around March 2018, if a two-thirds majority of the votes expressed by the P (participant) member countries are positive and if the number of negative votes does not exceed one-quarter of the total number of votes expressed.

The British standards OHSAS 18001 and OHSAS 18002 will be cancelled as of the publication of ISO 45001. Companies having OHSAS 18001 certification will have a period of three years to switch to an ISO 45001 certification. A “migration planning” document is being produced in the OHSAS project task force.

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