As announced in Insight issue 82 the new international standard ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems has been finalised, and the final version was released in March.

As we discussed in our previous article, there are similarities between the underlying principles of ISO 45001 and the harmonised Australian Work Health & Safety legislation.

The new ISO 45001 appears to be a better tool for managing risk and improving OHS performance. Continuous improvement should be far greater with an ISO 45001-compliant system.

However, it is important to keep in mind that at this stage AS/NZS 4801:2001 has not changed and remains the current industry standard in Australia. It is premature to speculate as to whether ISO 45001 will be adopted in Australia as a replacement of the current industry standard, and Standards Australia has reminded Australian organisations that AS/NZS 4801:2001 is the relevant standard in Australia.

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