ISO 45001 FAQs

CD2 for ISO 45001 was approved in June 2015, with an expected DIS publication date of October 2015.

Find out the answers to common questions to help you and your organisation prepare for the transition from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001.

What are the major differences between OHSAS 18001 and the new ISO 45001?

The overall aim of ISO 45001 is the same as OHSAS 18001, which is to align the range of national health and safety management standards into one standard with the intention of ruling-out confusion and market fragmentation.

However, as with all new and revised ISO standards, ISO 45001 follows the common terminology and structure of Annex SL and is the single major difference between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001.

With ISO 45001 using Annex SL there becomes a much stronger focus on the Context of an Organisation and role of Top Management and Leadership. 

David Smith, Chairman of project committee ISO/PC 283, goes into more detail (www.iso.org), “In the new standard, an organization has to look beyond its immediate health and safety issues and take into account what the wider society expects of it.

“Organizations have to think about their contractors and suppliers as well as, for example, how their work might affect their neighbours in the surrounding area. This is much wider than just focusing on the conditions for internal employees and means organizations cannot just contract out risk.”

ISO 45001 also expects occupational health and safety aspects to be fully embodied into an organisations structure, by including a greater degree of employee participation in the development of the standard.  Additionally, the standard wants to guarantee there is a stronger buy-in from top management by ensuring the role cannot be solely delegated to a Health and Safety Manager.

David Smith continues, “This will be a big change for users who may currently delegate responsibility to a safety manager rather than integrate this entirely into the organization’s operations. ISO 45001 requires health and safety aspects to be part of an overall management system and no longer just an added extra.”

We're currently certified to OHSAS 18001. Should we be looking at transitioning to ISO 45001?

Once DIS/ISO 45001 is published, buy a copy of the standard and familiarise yourself with its requirements.  By completing our Pathway self-appraisal tool, ‘ISO 45001: understanding the standard’, you will be issued with an overall score indicating how much you fully understand the new standard.  Once satisfied with you score, you can start looking at the standard requirements to enable you to implement or transition to ISO 45001.

By joining LRQA’s transition club, we will make sure you are kept informed on the  latest news and developments to DIS/ISO 45001 publication.

When is the voting on the second committee draft due to start?

The Project Committee responsible for the development of ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety), ISO/PC 283, last met in June  to perform the initial review of the comments on the second Committee Draft (CD2) of ISO 45001.

Following this, the committee have now set the date for their next meeting to complete the review of all comments received against CD2 so that ISO 45001 can move to the next stage in the ISO revisions process, the Draft International Standard (DIS) Stage.

The next committee meeting will take place on 21-25 September 2015 at the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) offices in Geneva.

ISO 45001 is scheduled for publication in October 2016 and ISO/DIS 45001 is currently expected to be published in October this year but as with all of the ISO revisions, this timetable is subject to change.

When should we expect the DIS to be published?

We’re anticipating the DIS will be published in October 2015.  Once published, it will enable you to prepare and become an early adopter of ISO 45001.

By buying a copy of the standard you will be in an ideal position to start looking at implementing or transitioning to ISO 45001.

What should we be doing to help us with the transition to ISO 45001?

Once DIS/ISO 45001 is published, buy a copy of the standard and familiarise yourself with its requirements.  By completing our Pathway self-appraisal tool, ‘ISO 45001: understanding the standard’, you will be issued with an overall score indicating how much you fully understand the new standard.  Once satisfied with you score, you can start looking at the standard requirements to enable you to implement or transition to ISO 45001.

By joining LRQA’s transition club, we will make sure you are kept informed on the  latest news and developments to DIS/ISO 45001 publication.

Are there any training courses we can attend to help us with the transition?

LRQA will be developing a range of training courses to help you understand ISO 45001, as well as, guide you through the transition process should you be approved to OHSAS 18001.

Depending on the DIS stage progression, we will be looking at launching our first workshop sessions in November 2015:

  • Annex SL – the new high level structure for all revised ISO standards
  • What's new in ISO 45001
  • What these changes mean for your organisation
  • Practical tips to help you transition from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001.

Next steps

Talk to LRQA; as a member of the Independent International Organisation for Certification (IIOC), we are a member of all the major ISO technical committees helping to shape the new standards. 

LRQA’s System and Governance Manger, Steve Williams, is a member of the Project Committee (ISO/PC 283), so we’re ideally placed to keep you informed of any recent developments to ISO 45001. 

By joining our transition club, we can send you regular updates and the latest news on ISO 45001.