Should ISO Develop an OH&S Management System Standard?

| August 21, 2007

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is once again considering whether or not it should develop an OH&S Management System Standard (For information about ISO standard-setting activities go to

The Technical Management Board (TMB) of ISO recently sent a survey form to the ISO member bodies (the various national standard-setting organizations from each country) asking for direction on whether to proceed in developing an OHSMS standard and, if so, what kind of standard.

Developing an ISO OHSMS standard has been an area of considerable controversy. Some labor and industry groups have been vehemently opposed to such an ISO standard.  Other interested parties believe that, given the proliferation of different OHSMS standards and increased usage of OHSAS 18001, the time has come for the development of an international consensus standard that supports third-party accreditation of occupational health and safety management systems. (See my prior post on the plethora of OH&S standards that have been developed at

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