ISO has recently announced the creation of a new project committee to develop an international standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S).
This standard will be aligned to ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment), which are currently undergoing revisions intended to publish in 2015.
The standard will provide guidance for improving worker health and safety and will be overseen by ISO Project Committee (PC) 283, Occupational health and safety management systems – requirements.
The secretariat of ISO/PC 283 has been assigned to the British Standards Institution (BSI) and is expected to begin work on transforming the existing OHSAS 18001 standard into a new ISO standard.
The first secretariat meeting is expected in late October 2013 and it will develop the health and safety management system standard in accordance with the general requirements of ISO 9001:2008, the quality management system standard and ISO 14001:2004, the environmental management system standard.
BSI is seeking to bring together all those with significant interest in particular projects. Representations are sought from many areas including consumer organizations, professional institutions, educational establishments, government departments and many more.
BSI November 2013