The administrative aspects associated with the development of an ISO OHSMS standard are proceeding:
- ISO has added PC 283 to its list of Technical Committees and there is a website page set up for its activities. So far, no number for the standard has been announced.
- ANSI has approved the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) as the administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG to PC 283) and issued a press release on July 24, 2013 announcing that ASSE is seeking TAG participants.
- The initial meeting of TC 283 has been set for October 21-25, 2013 in London UK.
Discussion about the content of the standard – the actual specification of what needs to be included in an OHSMS – will begin in earnest later this year.
As I reported in a prior blog, the development of the ISO OHSMS standard will need to conform with Annex SL of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1. This means the high-level structure of the standard and the core requirements, those elements that are common to all ISO management system standards, have already been pre-established for this standard.
Modification of these core requirements is possible, but the intent behind Annex SL is to maintain alignment between all of the ISO management system standard requirements in order to help organizations establish integrated management systems covering multiple disciplines.
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