ISO 45001 is the new long-awaited standard for occupational health and safety which is likely to replace the existing British Standard – BS OHSAS 18001. The overall aim of ISO 45001 is the same as OHSAS 18001, it is being produced to align the range of national health and safety management system standards into one standard with the intention of ruling out confusion and market fragmentation.
It will adopt the Annex SL structure which is applied to all new and revised ISO standard and will follow the same common terminology and structure. With ISO 45001 using Annex SL, there becomes a much stronger focus on the context of an organisation. Organisations should not only consider what
health and safety issues directly impact on them, but also take into account the wider society and how their work may impact on the surrounding communities.
With ISO 45001, the role of health and safety will not become the sole responsibility of the Health and Safety Manager with the expectation that OH&S aspects will be integrated into the structure of an organisation, ensuring buy-in from top management and greater employee contribution.