Development ISO 45001

On this page you will find up to date information about the development of ISO 45001, the new standard on occupational health and safety (OH&S). 

Current situation

ISO 45001 will replace the OHSAS 18001 standard. Development of the ISO 45001 standard began in 2013. The development of an ISO standard has a number of steps:
  • Committee Draft (CD version)
  • Draft International Standard (DIS version)
  • Final Draft International Standard (FDIS version)
After every step there is a vote, on the basis of which it is determined if the next step in the development can be taken. With the CD and DIS versions, comments on the content may be submitted in addition to the vote. The FDIS version may only be voted on. The first DIS version of ISO 45001 was released in February of 2016, but was not approved. This means that a second DIS version will follow. This version was published on 19 May 2017. If it is approved, the FDIS version can follow in the autumn, with publication in early 2018. If there is little commentary on the second DIS version, the FDIS phase may be skipped and the standard can be published immediately. ISO/DIS 45001.2 can be purchased in the webshop of NEN.

Transition to ISO 45001

The ISO 45001’s long development period has several consequences:
  • Organizations considering implementing a system based on OHSAS 18001 should wait to implement the new standard.
  • Some of the organizations certified for both ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 are intending to combine the transition to ISO 14001:2015 with the transition to ISO 45001. Since the transition to ISO 14001:2015 must be made before September 2018, this combination will now be more difficult.
SCCM recommends that organizations intending to implement an OH&S management system, or to make the transition from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001, should start implementation now based on the first or second ISO/DIS 45001 (the first was published in February 2016 and the second will be available on 19 May 2017) and not to wait for the publication of the definitive version of ISO 45001. In the meantime, organizations may still be certified on the basis of OHSAS 18001. Furthermore, certification audits may be done once the FDIS version is available. The certificate cannot be awarded until the standard has been published.
The first and second DIS versions are complete enough that they can be used to set up the OH&S management system. The changes still to be made to the standard will not involve its substance.
SCCM has published an information booklet on the implementation of ISO 45001 and
transition from OHSAS 18001. You can download it here.

Transition period

There is a three-year transition period starting from the point of publication. It means that organizations have the opportunity to make the transition to ISO 45001 within three years after the publication of ISO 45001.

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