ISO has approved the creation of a new project committee to develop a new international standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S). The future ISO standard will provide, for the first time, an international framework for OH&S best practice and, in so doing, reduce work-related accidents, injuries, and diseases on a global level.
The much-awaited standard will provide governmental agencies, industry, and other affected stakeholders with effective, usable guidance to improve worker safety in countries around the world. The work will be overseen by ISO project committee 283, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements.
ISO project committee 283 will:
- bring together experts and interested stakeholders in OH&S management
- be tasked with transforming OHSAS 18001 (the OH&S management system requirements) into an ISO standard
- meet for the first time in October 2013 in London, United Kingdom.
Summarised from an ISO media release, 9 August 2013.