It now seems that the ISO 45001 which is due for publication as the Final Draft International Standard at the end of November will have the following key features:
- Adoption of Annex SL, and thereby sharing a high-level identical core text similar to the ISO 9001 standard. This will greatly facilitate organisations integrating their different management systems.
- Top management commitment, risk-based thinking and the process approach are emphasised throughout and therefore consistent, not only with ISO 9001 but also ISO 14001.
- Consultation and worker participation in identifying hazards and risks and the development and operation of the occupational health and safety management system, and
- An organisation must take into account mental and cognitive conditions of people as well as their physical condition. Causes of ill-health and injury can be immediate such as accidents or long-term such as repeated exposure to harmful substances or a stressful working environment.