Five things to prepare you for ISO 45001

08 Sep 2017 by: Richard Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, IOSH

The publication date of the new international standard for occupational safety and health, ISO 45001, has not been announced, but we are nearly there.

Your professional body, IOSH, has been involved in its development from the beginning as a member of the ISO PC 283 and at our annual conference, IOSH 2017, in November, I will be leading a timely roundtable discussion on its implementation and the impact it could have on safety and health in the workplace.

Ahead of our roundtable at IOSH 2017 and publication of ISO 45001, here are five things I think you can do now if you want to sign up your organisation to the new standard:

1.  Secure ‘top management’ commitment to ISO 45001 and their involvement in actively leading on it

2.  Review your current OSH arrangements against the ISO 45001 requirements to identify any gaps

3.  Develop an implementation and resources plan to close the identified gaps

4.  Ensure effective mechanisms for change management and worker consultation and participation

5.  Take steps to address any OSH competence and resource needs across the organisation

We plan to publish more detailed guidance for members on ISO 45001 and for those planning to attend IOSH 2017, we will be discussing in more detail how safety and health professionals can respond to the standard’s publication.

For an update on progress with ISO 45001, IOSH members can log in to MyIOSH and find a dedicated ISO 45001 page in the left hand menu

To take part in the November’s roundtable, book yourself a place at IOSH 2017 here.



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