The Scope of an OH&S Management System

| August 19, 2014

One of the important issues in the development of the new Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) management system standard – ISO 45001 – is what the scope of the standard should be.

In other words – When is “Health & Safety” considered “Occupational Health & Safety”?

The answer is – It depends and it is evolving.

An important consideration in drafting ISO 45001 needs to be the changing nature of work and employment.

The model of “work” at the heart of much of the current OH&S legislation is full-time employment in manufacturing jobs.

That model of work is obsolete.

Last week, an article in the Tampa Bay Times reported that “Canada is rapidly becoming a nation of part-timers.”  It went on to state that over the past year, full-time employment declined by 3,100 positions while part-time work jumped by 118,500.

This trend is not isolated to Canada.  The same is true in the United States.

To read more about this, check out my article, Drafting a Modern OHS Management System Standard, which was published in the August 2014 issue of The Synergist.

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