|The aspirations of safety management|
Earlier this year, ISO initiated development of a new occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system standard. This standard, called ISO 45001, will establish global requirements for third-party certification of an OH&S management system.
ISO 45001 is intended to replace OHSAS 18001, the internationally recognized British Standard for Occupational Health and Safety. Q3 saw two significant developments along these lines. Primarily, the meeting in London of ISO Meeting PC 283 happened. Also, ISO Project Committee (PC) 283 Working Group 1 (WG1) has been established as a result of the positive vote on the new work proposal for the development of an ISO standard (to be known as ISO 45001) which is built upon OHSAS 18001.
The ISO/CASCO Committee is the technical committee focused on conformity assessment. Its scope includes:
- To study means of assessing conformity of products, processes, services and management systems to appropriate standards or other technical specifications
- To prepare international guides and International Standards relating to the practice of testing, inspection and certification of products, processes and services, and to the assessment of management systems, testing laboratories, inspection bodies, certification bodies, accreditation bodies and their operation and acceptance
- To promote mutual recognition and acceptance of national and regional conformity assessment systems, and the appropriate use of International Standards for testing, inspection, certification, assessment and related purposes
Should our business model will move towards one integrated management system that covers risk, safety, quality, CSR, HR et al? I say yes, business should move in a more unified EH&S direction. What do you think?
It would help if we all had an opinion — yea or nay. A general consensus is the first step towards movement.