Schlagwort 'ISO 45001 (English)'

Bye bye to ISO 45001:2016
Hello to ISO 45001:2017

Mittwoch, 25. Mai 2016 - 09:34


Donnerstag, 12. Mai 2016 - 00:35

Elsmarcove is back. I still don’t understand, what is going on there in the US in the standardization and auditing business - which already looks strange enough to me in Europe. Whatsoever, I’ll watch their ISO 45001 forum.

From OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001

Samstag, 30. April 2016 - 17:59

What will the World do with OHSAS 18001 when ISO 45001 is published? (, Chris J Ward CMIOSH, Committee member at British Standards Institution ISO 45001)

[...] It cannot just be withdrawn immediately. It is written into law or regulation in some countries and this will take time to manage. There is a three year migration period planned to allow organizations to move from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001 and this migration should not be too difficult for those already implementing OHSAS 18001.
Read the Draft Standard and more on my website
And more on my Linkedin group EHS ISO 45001

In my country (Germany) the change will be very interesting to works councils. Here most employees didn’t have a clue when OHSAS 18001 was implemented in their companies, even though leaving them clueless was not only not compliant with the standard, it also was against the OH&S laws. But now, if the employee representatives learned from that and if they got involved in audititing their employers’ OH&S management system based on OHSAS 18001, they will be better prepared to use the migration form OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001 as an occasion to apply their rights&duties (co-determination) when implementing ISO 45001.

Analyze This! – A Snark Exercise

Montag, 15. Februar 2016 - 22:07


In the ISO article on DIS ISO 45001
to which I refer in my previous article,
all images are focusing on hazards to physical health.

How boring.

Oh, that good ol’ hard hat safety! Isn’t there anything beyond that?
The image below quite nicely depicts mental workplace hazards too.

You could use this image as an exercise in spotting workplace hazards.

Henry Holiday & Joseph Swain
illustration to
Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark, London 1876

Downloads and links:


ISO 45001:2016 or ISO 45001:2017?

Montag, 15. Februar 2016 - 21:39

ISO 45001 on occupational health and safety has been approved for Draft International Standard public consultation

by Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis on 12 February 2016


Now that ISO 45001 has advanced to the DIS stage, national member bodies of ISO have been invited to vote and comment on the text of the standard during the three-month balloting period. If the outcome is positive, the modified document may then be circulated to ISO members as a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS). In the event of an affirmative vote, ISO 45001 is expected to be published as an International Standard by late 2016 / early 2017. [...]

Registration (required to read the DIS):

Actually, the DIS already was available earlier. But the ISO article has useful links.

As for “ISO 45001 is expected to be published as an International Standard by late 2016 / early 2017″, please visit

US TAG boasted internally that 9001:2015 will be the “Biggest Boon for Consultants Ever”

Freitag, 29. Januar 2016 - 13:09

I am not in the standards business, but I am affected by standards, especially BS OHSAS 18001 and later ISO 45001. Initially I was naive an thought that standards are made to help many people. But could it be possible, that consultants influence standardization mainly to create business for consultants? That still could be a naive question :-)

From an email from Oxebridge (spicy as usual):

[...] ISO 9001:2015 is a flawed product. It’s rife with confusing, feel-good platitudes, and light on actual requirements. It invents new concepts from thin air, and has abandoned the idea of standardizing established, mature Quality Management principles. It’s literally been called a “boon for consultants” by the very consultants that wrote it, giving you an insight into why they made it so incredibly frustrating. After all, now you have to hire them to decipher it. [...]

OH&S management systems should help to protect the health of employees. If Oxebridge (not to be confused with Oxbridge) is right and if a “strength” of the coming ISO 45001 should be, that it has a concept like ISO 9001, that may be bad news for employees. Could ISO 45001 be “light on actual requirements” too and just convey feel-good statements which – if they are no requirements – don’t really help employees?

DIS ISO 45001: Look into it until 2016-04-01

Dienstag, 12. Januar 2016 - 00:52

Compared to the previous CDs, there are improvements in the DIS ISO 45001.

Thanks to the British BSI, you can look into the draft again and leave comments too:

Good news:

  • Clause 3.18 now not only defines “injury”, but also “ill health”. And adverse mental (and even adverse cognitive) condition is back again. Probably I was not the only one who complained to BSI about the missing definition of “ill health”.
  • In clause 3.4 (participation) workers are involved in the in decision-making process(es) regarding the the OH&S management system.

Not so good:

  • In OHSAS 18001:2007 “incident”, “ill health (regardless of severity)” helped to avoid discussions whether an incident needs to be registered depending on the severity of ill health. I know of employers, who tried to avoid to communicate “ill health (regardless of severity)” in their information about OHSAS 18001 to their employees. Regrettably, in clause 3.35 “incident” in DIS ISO 45001, “ill health (regardless of severity)” is missing. I also don’t find it elsewhere in the draft.

CD = Committee Draft
DIS = Draft International Standard


Update 2016-02:

Pushing ISO 45001: Draft Review by ISO

Freitag, 6. November 2015 - 22:57

There seems to be no critical analysis anywhere.


12 OH&S Incident Categories

Mittwoch, 9. September 2015 - 00:15

These incident catecories are based on definition 3.8 and 3.9 in OHSAS 18001:2007. The data should be easy to obtain. Just quarterly categorize OH&S incidents using the twelve categories shown below. Then count the incidents per category and enter the sums for each category into the table.

12 KPIs for Occupational Health & Safety

In words:
Incidents which …   … have caused physical ill health   … have worsened physical ill health   … could have caused physical ill health   … could have worsened physical ill health   … have caused mental ill health   … have worsened mental ill health   … could have caused mental ill health   … could have worsened mental ill health
    2._.1._   … have caused injury
    2._.2._   … could have caused injury
    3._.1._   … have caused fatality
    3._.2._   … could have caused fatality

Or in other words (even closer to OHSAS 18001:2007):
Incidents in which …   … physical ill health occurred   … physical ill health worsened   … physical ill health could have occurred   … physical ill health could have worsened   … mental ill health occurred   … mental ill health worsened   … mental ill health could have occurred   … mental ill health could have worsened
    2._.1._   … injury occurred
    2._.2._   … injury could have occurred
    3._.1._   … fatality occurred
    3._.2._   … fatality could have occurred


“Incident” and “ill health” according to OHSAS 18001:

The underlined words met resistance from employers when moving from OHSAS 18001:1999 to OHSAS 18001:2007. In internal communications they tried to replace “ill health” by “desease” and “identifiable” by “diagnosable”. They also tried to hide “regardless of severity” from their employees. “Made worse” was not welcome, as the term did not allow them to reject incidents which worsened an already existing ill health. And “could” was a challenge to employers, because due to that term they could not ask affected employees to prove that they actually suffered from ill health. The reasons for resisting against “mental” where quite similar to the reasons for mentioning “psychological factors” only in the notes to clause 7.1.4 of ISO 9000:2015 rather than clearly in the clause itself.



Protection of mental health dropped in ISO 45001?

Dienstag, 8. September 2015 - 22:41

Question to BSI:

=== ISO 45001 vs. OHSAS 18001 ===
In contrary to OHSAS 18001, in ISO 45001 there is no definition for “ill health” which puts “mental” and “physical” adverse conditions on a same level. Can employers in countries, where protecting mental health is not reqiuired by laws, claim, that ISO 45001 does not cover mental health issues anymore, as did OHSAS 18001?

May be (hopefully) I am wrong. TÜV SÜD says that there is an even stronger emphasis on mental health.

See also: “The need to prevent ill-health (including mental ill-health), as well as injuries” in

2016-03: It’s in the latest draft. I hope that it also can be found in the fonal ISO 45001.