As previously advised, the ballot for first Draft International Standard (DIS) of ISO 45001 failed to gain approval in May 2016. It received approximately 3,000 comments during the ballot and these were discussed by the ISO/PC283 Project Committee at a meeting held in June 2016 in Toronto, Canada.
The Committee has agreed to move forward with publication of a second DIS (DIS2) for the highly anticipated ISO 45001 standard.
Following the announcement to proceed, a Technical Group was convened in September to undertake a review of the comments received. A full Project Committee meeting has also recently been held in Lithuania on October 30 – November 4, 2016 to review the work of this Technical group.
During this latest Project Committee meeting, progress has been made in agreeing the texts in DIS2 for the majority of clauses 4 to 10. The Project Committee will meet again in February 2017 in Vienna to complete the review of the comments received. In addition, the timeline of the project has been extended from three to four years and the ISO secretariat has also confirmed that the nine-month extension may also be applied should the project fail to complete in time.
The revised timeline based on recent progress and the latest information received is as below:
February 2017 – Project Committee meets and completes its review of comments
April/May 2017 – The DIS2 is released for ballot
June/July 2017 – The DIS2 ballot is held
September 2017 – Project Committee meets to review the results of the DIS2 ballot
If DIS2 is approved and there are only a limited number of comments, the Project Committee could agree to avoid an FDIS stage and complete the review of DIS2 comments at the September meeting, thus publication could be announced as early as November 2017. However, if an FDIS process is required or a large number of comments are received (requiring additional meetings to process them), publication could be delayed to March 2018.