Category: ISO 45001

Risk vs Risks

In the April 2014 issue of the Synergist, AIHA published an article I wrote entitled Risk vs. Risks – Risk Assessment Lessons from Weather Forecasting. This article discusses the three different but related concepts that individuals associate with the term risk:

  1. Probability – What is the risk?
  2. Relevance – Is the risk important to me?
  3. Significance – How much do I care about the risk?

It is difficult to draft requirements related to risk –  as we are attempting to do in ISO 45001 – when there is a lack of clarity and consensus about what the word “risk” means.

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May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More

ISO OHSMS Standard – Update

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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August 26, 2013 | 0 Comments More

ISO OHSMS Standard Going Forward

The New Work Item Proposal (NWIP) for development of an ISO Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard has been approved.  A new ISO Project Committee, PC 283, has been established to develop the standard.  BSI has been appointed as secretariat.

The intent is that this new ISO standard will replace OHSAS 18001:2007.

As I outlined in a prior blog post, there are several issues associated with this standard development activity.  The most important of these is that the development of ISO standards must conform with the ISO directives, including the requirements for management system standards set out in Annex SL.

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