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ISO 45001: Steady Progress Toward Publication

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Leaders of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ANSI on the proposed ISO 45001 standard for OSH management systems report that the second draft of the international standard (known as DIS2) will likely be issued sometime this spring. "ASSE [TAG administrator] will then distribute it to the TAG for additional comments and discussion," say TAG Chair Vic Toy and TAG Vice-Chair Kathy Seabrook. "The TAG will then prepare the comments and voting position for ANSI."

In their guest post on the EHS Works blog, Toy and Seabrook address five key questions frequently asked about the draft standard:

  1. Will training programs addressing the proposed standard emerge?
  2. Will outside certifying bodies and/or registrars perform certification (conformity assessment) against the standard once it is published?
  3. What is the future of OHSAS 18000/18001?
  4. What is the schedule for the standard's release and approval?
  5. How are U.S.-based OSH professionals reacting to the standard? How about the global OSH community?

They also discuss the reaffirmation of ANSI/ASSE Z10, which they say "reflects a commitment to systems standards in the U.S. and further demonstrates that investing in management systems implementation is a worthwhile endeavor that will soon carry greater weight globally."

Visit ASSE's dedicated ISO 45001 website for additional information. And, if you will be in Denver, CO, for Safety 2017, consider attending Session #520 on Tuesday, June 20, to hear the latest ISO 45001 developments.

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