ISO 45001 draft - update from July 20th results ballot announcement

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Chris J Ward

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ISO 45001 draft - update from July 20th results ballot announcement

Community Members Chris Ward and Jane Standerwick discuss the ISO 45001 draft and what it will this mean for your organisation if successful, Or if it is unsuccessful what is the likely outcome, because others may produce a look alike standard. 


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Webinar 26 July 2017 Questions and Answers

9 Billah @akokoibillahhillary

Q. Is compliance to local legislation a full/explicit requirement in the last version of the standard as it was an issue for some countries that voted against

A. 6.1.4      Planning   action The organization shall plan: 753 a)    actions to: 4. 1)   address these risks and opportunities (see and; 755 2)   address legal requirements and other requirements (see 6.1.3);

66 @sambandamchokkappachokks

Q. Shall we renew 18001 which is due this year? Or Should we wait for the release of 45001? But how long can renewal of 18001 be postponed?

A. When 45001 is published 18001 will be withdrawn with a 3 year run down period

117 @scottgesinger

Q. How closely will the published standard resemble the current draft?

A. The differences will only  seem minor but they will be important to some countries

216 @stevepearce

Q. Corporate governance is a big motivator for change. Will ISO 45001 leverage this motivation?

A. Yes Steve P! that should be the case through Clause 4.2 Understanding the needs and expectations of workers and other interested parties and  5.2 OH&S policy  Top management shall establish, implement and maintain an OH&S policy that: a) that is appropriate  to the  purpose,  and  CONTEXT of the organization and to the specific nature of its OH&S risks and OH&S opportunities;

287 @craigtimms

Q. Craig - Guyana: I am an Australian working in Guyana and know a lot of companies in Australia/New Zealand and Asia use International Standards, is there a similar workshop being run in these areas?

A. We will be producing online media for workshops/training available for viewing/downloading. And further webinars will be arranged as the standard moves forward

310 @Alistaircameron

Q. if the key changes are the restructure aligning with Annex SL, and a business has already transitioned to 9001:2015, is it fair to suggest the remaining changes between 18001 and 45001 are minimal?

A. Key differences relate to context, documented information emphasis on leadership, worker involvement risks and opportunities, these can be significant

August 02, 2017 @ 12:38 PM EDT
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Tamara Parris

thank you very much @chrisjward

August 02, 2017 @ 12:51 PM EDT
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Bounabi Merzouk

I am sure that the improvement of the ISO 45001 standards is following certain constraint of application therefore the compatibility and the adaptation of new version on the local legislations is very necessary especially in europe and northern africa

August 08, 2017 @ 05:05 AM EDT
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Tamara Parris

good point @bounabimerzouk @chrisjward and @janestanderwick what are your thoughts?

We also have a ISO 45001 OHSMS community group here:

please join if your interested :)

August 11, 2017 @ 01:57 PM EDT
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Chris J Ward

Hello Bounabi Yes compliance to legal standards is the least that should be done. However with the requirement for continual improvement is included in the standard, there should be a longer term expectation of performance exceeding local legislation. Do keep in touch

August 13, 2017 @ 09:34 AM EDT