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In February 2016, ISO (the International Organisation for Standardisation) released a Committee Draft of its long awaited Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard.

ISO 45001 will be the first internationally applicable OH&S Management System Standard.

ISO’s rationale for drafting an OH&S Management System Standard includes:

  • The International Labour Organisation estimates that over 2.2 million people die every year as a result of work-related accidents and disease.
  • Currently no internationally accepted Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems exists.
  • To help more organisations reduce work-related accidents, injuries and disease through wider implementation of OHS Management Systems.

​For organisations with an existing OH&S management system based on OHSAS 18001:2007 or AS/NZS 4801:2001, this is an important change, as it is anticipated that ISO 45001 will replace these Standards.

Whilst no announcement has been made by British Standards or Australian/New Zealand Standards, there is normally a 2-3 year transition period before they withdraw the existing Standards (OHSAS 18001:2007 or AS/NZS 4801:2001).

The Draft International Standard 45001 was released in February 2016, and the ISO stated its intention is to release the published ISO 45001 Standard in October 2016 (see diagram) (see: https://committee.iso.org/pc283)

The Draft draws heavily on OHSAS 18001:2007 – so in all likelihood, organisations with an existing OH&S management system should be able to modify it to meet the new Standard, rather than having to start again.


Given our dedication to making compliance seriously simple, an outline of documented information required by the Draft ISO 45001:2016 can be found on our Resources page.

We will also provide a further Blog on the key differences between the Draft ISO 45001 and AS/NZS 4801 and OHSAS 18001 respectively, in the next two weeks. Stay tuned!


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