On World Day for Safety and Health at Work, on April 28, the International Standardization Organization's news digest the information on the approval and the release of a new standard for occupational safety and health ISO 45001 published.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work is time to consider a new international standard, which should be released early next year. ISO 45001 is the first ISO standard for occupational health and safety management systems.

Recent estimates by the International Labor Organization (ILO) show that more than 6,300 people die each day as a result of activities related to production activities. A total of more than 300 million trauma accidents occur at work annually. This is a huge burden for employers and employees, which leads to significant macroeconomic losses from early retirement, uncontrolled and unplanned staff leaving and growth of insurance payments.

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work, organized by the International Labor Organization, is established to draw people around the world to the scale of the problem and to inform how the formation and promotion of a safety culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.


How ISO 45001 can help

This new standard, currently under development, will help organizations around the world improve safety performance by creating safe production conditions where injuries and occupational diseases are prevented, personnel life and health are persists.

Standard “ISO 45001 Health and Safety Management System: Requirements and Application Recommendations” will provide requirements for the implementation of a management system and structure that reduces the risk of harm to life and health of employees.

The standard is developed by a committee of professional experts in the occupational safety and health field. It will follow principles and approaches similar to ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. In addition, ISO 45001 will take into account other international standards in this area, including OHSAS 18001, the ILO guidelines on occupational safety, various national standards, international conventions and ILO labor standards.


Who is the standard intended for?

ISO 45001 is intended for use by any organization, regardless of size and production activity. It can be integrated into other health and safety programs.


The second draft of the international standard (DIS) ISO 45001 will be published on May 19, 2017 for voting, which will end on July 13, 2017. This stage allows members of the ISO technical committee which participated in the development to vote on the current project before proceeding to publication (expected in February 2018).