Standards Australia has recently announced an “adoption process” and likely late 2018 publication date for the local version of the ISO 45001:2018, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use.

It is anticipated that the AS/ NZS version will be prefaced by some additional commentary on how the adopted Standard relates to Australia’s WHS legislative framework.

Standards Australia has worked closely with a wide set of stakeholders “to determine the most suitable solution for the Australian context” and has subsequently released an Australian-specific commentary – a draft preface and national way forward for ISO 45001 – for public comment. Submissions are due by 28 August (see Standards’ public comment portal for instructions on accessing the draft and commenting.)

It is noted that the draft states that the objective of ISO 45001 is to specify requirements for an OHS management system, but conformance “may not mean that Australian legal requirements and other requirements have been met“.

Please contact QRMC for more information.