ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use is to be identically adopted in New Zealand. The standard can help New Zealand businesses provide a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks, and create better, safer working conditions. The draft version of the standard, with the designation DZ ISO 45001:2018, is now available for public comment.
New Zealand stakeholders have acknowledged that the current health and safety management standard AS/NZS 4801:2001 Occupational health and safety management systems – Specification with guidance for use is out of date and doesn’t reflect current good practice. The identical adoption is being undertaken to provide guidelines that are fit for purpose and reflect current international good practice for occupational health and safety management systems.
Conformance and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
When using the standard (NZS ISO 45001 once published) conformance to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 should not be assumed.
All standards are voluntary unless cited in legislation. NZS ISO 45001, once published, won’t be cited in the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 or regulations under the Act, until the Government decides to review the legislation.
For information about the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and conformance to the Act please visit WorkSafe New Zealand’s website.
Public comment period
DZ ISO 45001:2018 is available for public comment from 7 June to 19 July 2018. All comments will be thoroughly reviewed and considered before the final standard is published.
While the draft standard is released for public consultation, Standards New Zealand is in consultation with the P45001 committee to consider the option to join Standards Australia in jointly adopting ISO 45001 as a joint standard. A decision will be made once the public comment period is completed.