ISO45001 one step closer

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Delegates from across the world spent their time in discussions about the different clauses of the standard, which is in its draft stage. They have given consideration to more than 2,800 comments made about the draft during the consultation stage.

"We’re delighted that this conference has been so successful and that important progress has been made in developing this new standard ISO 4500"

Richard Jones, IOSH Head of Policy and Public Affairs

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will now produce a further draft based on delegates’ suggestions. It is hoped the standard, known as ISO 45001, will be complete by October 2016. The meeting was hosted by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), in conjunction with the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards.

Richard Jones, IOSH Head of Policy and Public Affairs said: “We’re delighted that this conference has been so successful and that important progress has been made in developing this new standard ISO 45001.”

He added, “It’s been fantastic to have the support of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards and the Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communication and great that delegates have had the opportunity to get to know our Caribbean Branch members.”

Delegates who have convened at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain have split into small, multinational task groups. They have each been responsible for examining different clauses in the draft.

The standard is likely to replace OHSAS 18001. It will require that health and safety is managed in a systematic and integral way within organisations and is not just looked on as an added extra.

The ultimate aim is that this standard will lead to improved health and safety performance and help drive down the number of deaths, injuries and illnesses caused by work. According to statistics from the International Labour Organization (ILO), about 6,300 people die every day in the world as a result of work-related injury or disease more than 2.3 million deaths per year.

Members of IOSH’s Caribbean branch attended a meeting with the delegates during the event, where they heard about the background to standards development, the different types in use, how ISO 45001 has been developed and what its potential impact will be.

Curt Cadet, chair of the Caribbean branch, told the meeting that he expects there will be a significant difference once ISO 45001 is introduced, both in his region and elsewhere in the world.

He said: “This experience has been valuable. Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean communities stand to benefit enormously from the acceptance of the standard being developed as it will provide an internationally-accepted way for organisations to achieve an occupational health and safety policy that’s key to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of workers.”

 

 

 

Post date: 03 Feb 2015

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