ISO 45001 Health and Safety Management Standard

The new international health and safety standard management system standard that is expected to eventually replace BS OHSAS 18001.

ISO 45001 reflects contemporary health and safety management requirements and is currently due to be published in late 2017. We can provide you with support during your transition, and ultimately provide independent certification, to the new standard.

While there will be inevitable changes required when transitioning to the new standard, the new framework should be a useful business management tool. This page will be updated with more information and guidance on what to expect.

Once launched, ISO 45001 will be available to any organisation wishing to demonstrate their commitment to the latest health and safety management standards and current trends.

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Why ISO 45001 Health and Safety Management Standard?

  • 1.

    Standardise processes and procedures

  • 2.

    Prevent ill health and injury

  • 3.

    Control OSH risks

  • 4.

    Support continual improvement


ISO 45001: What is the new standard? How will it affect current certification to OHSAS 18001?

ISO 45001: What is the new standard?


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Why choose the British Safety Council?

Our audit and consultancy services are internationally recognised and are the best way to ensure your health, safety and environmental management systems (and associated arrangements) are suitable for your business requirements, promote continual improvement and are effectively implemented.

As part of our own quality control processes, we ensure:

  • Our audit and consultancy products are regularly reviewed to meet customer needs, expectations and industry best practice
  • Consistently high standards of service are achieved through a robust quality assurance process including auditor standardisation, training and performance monitoring
  • Our technical specialists serve on strategic committees for both occupational health, safety and environmental standards
  • We have a unique internationally recognised best practice (five star) audit system
  • Industry recognition from awards such as the prestigious Sword or Globe of Honour.

Latest news

Follow our website for the latest updates on the ISO/DIS 2 45001 Standard. You can also find out more by attending our ISO 45001workshops. New workshop dates will be added throughout the year.

April 2017 ISO 45001 - Revised Standard Back on Schedule

A review of the comments received following last year's ballot, which disapproved the DIS ISO 45001 standard by the PC283 development forum, has been concluded. A revised version of the standard (ISO/DIS 45001.2) will be issued for consultation and ballot from 19 May for a period of two months.

Dependent upon the outcome of the consultation and ballot, the standard will be progressed through ISO protocol for issue later in 2017.

Updated timelines

June 2016 - standard disapproved.
October 2016 - ISO/DIS 45001.2 to be developed.
April 2017 – DIS 45001.2 issued for consultation period and approval ballot.
July 2017 - ISO 45001 progress to publication and issue (dependent upon ballot outcome).
Q4 2017 - ISO 45001 anticipated launch of new standard.

Dave Parr, Head of Audit and Technical Services at British Safety Council, commented:

"Although the delay in publication of the new standard is a little disappointing, it is essential that unilateral consensus on the content is reached. The opportunity to consider specific issues raised through the consultation process should allow the opportunity for an even more contemporary standard to be developed. The delay in publication should not deter organisations from preparing to transition to the new standard."

20 May 2016 - ISO/DIS 45001 Standard Disapproved

The current DIS (Draft International Standard) 45001 standard for occupational health and safety management systems has been disapproved following a ballot of members of the development committee (PC283). This follows a period of consultation and comment from all national standard bodies (and other sources), which resulted in technical feedback on the DIS content.

Despite 71% of members voting in favour of issuing the standard, the requirement for less than 25% of negative responses was exceeded and therefore the standard has been disapproved. There are some technical issues with the process, which have been referred to ISO and a final outcome is expected in June. If the outcome of the ballot is maintained, then the publication of the new standard is likely to be delayed until early 2017.

Dave Parr, Head of Audit at British Safety Council and member of the HS1 committee which co-ordinates UK feedback to the ISO 45001 committee, said:

“Although the outcome of the ballot is a little disappointing, it is essential that a workable consensus is reached among the member delegates as the standard will be applied globally. Personally, I think the DIS 45001 is a significant step forward in integrating health and safety management into the other business disciplines of an organisation and is an excellent piece of work. Health and safety should be a core value of any business and this standard certainly promotes this message. I do hope that the amendments can be agreed sooner rather than later and that consensus can be reached to enable the standard to be issued.”

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