International Standards – Building On Each Other

| August 3, 2007

When you get involved in developing international standards, you quickly discover that they build one upon another.  The definitions used in OHSAS 18001 are from ISO 14001 — those definitions came from ISO 9000 which, in turn, came from other standards before it.  Similarly, standards are now being developed using OHSAS 18001 as a model.  If you are interested in standard-setting — or you want to have input into the standards that may impact you as a safety professional — you should check out the standard currently being developed by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).

CEN, in conjunction with other key stakeholders, is drafting a Laboratory Biorisk Management Standard.  This standard, based in part on the language in OHSAS 18001:2007, is being developed to set the requirements necessary to control the risks associated with activities in laboratories where biological agents are handled and to enable organizations to seek certification by external third parties.  It is a management system standard, based on plan-do-check-act, that is intended to be compatible with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

The draft standard is out for public comment until September 25, 2007.  A copy of the draft standard is available at

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Category: Standards & Certification

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