The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is seeking feedback from relevant stakeholders on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) new field of technical activity proposal for the development of new standards on Occupational health and safety management. All responses submitted to SCC will serve to generate a Canadian position on the proposal.
Purpose and justification for new field of activity
Occupational health and safety (OH&S) management is of global importance and the development of ISO 45001 is a significant step forward in assisting organizations worldwide in reducing the number of accidents and incidents in the workplace, tackling health issues and generally improving performance. Despite robust legislation in many countries, widespread adoption of the International Labour Organization (ILO) standards and considerable improvement in organizational accountability for occupational health and safety, the ILO estimates that there are still some 2.3 million work-related deaths each year.
Scope of proposed technical activity
Standardization in the field of occupational health and safety management to enable an organization to control its OH&S risks and improve its OH&S performance.
The new committee will provide maintenance of ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems – requirements with guidance for use as well as cover four new priorities.
Priority 1: ISO 45001 Handbook – Implementation guidance for small businesses
- SCOPE: It is intended that this handbook provide practical implementation guidance for small businesses wishing to establish an OH&S Management System that meets the requirements of ISO 45001.
Priority 2: Guidance on the management of psychosocial risks in the workplace
- SCOPE: It is intended that this standard will provide practical guidance for the assessment and management of psychosocial risks in the workplace and will be suitable for incorporation into an OH&S management system as well as independent use. It will be suitable for all types of organizations regardless of size, maturity or sector. As seed documents, the TC can draw upon the UK document PAS 1010:2011 Guidance on the management of psychosocial risks in the workplace and the Canadian National Standard CAN/CSA Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013, Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, among others.
Priority 3: OH&S management system performance indicators/reporting
- SCOPE: This document will provide guidance regarding the establishment of effective indicators for the evaluation of OH&S management system performance, to enable organizations to effectively monitor and continuously improve OH&S performance and report this effectively.
Priority 4: Occupational health and safety management -Accident and incident investigation
- SCOPE: This document will specify requirements and guidance for the effective investigation of OH&S accidents and incidents, covering aspects including process, timeliness, evidence, witnesses, root cause analysis and reporting.
Statement from proposer regarding new and existing work
Below is a listing of relevant existing documents at the international and national levels.
- ISO DIS 45001.2 Occupational health and management systems – requirements with guidance for use
- OHSAS 18001 Occupational health and safety management systems – requirements
- OHSAS 18002 Occupational health and safety management systems – Guidelines for the implementation of OHSAS 18001:2007
- ANSI Z10 Occupational health and safety management systems
- ILO-OSH Guidelines on occupational safety and health management systems
- ISO 31000 Risk management
- PAS 1010 Guidance on the management of psychosocial risks in the workplace
- CSA Z1003-13 Psychological health and safety in the workplace -Prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation
Stakeholders are invited to consider the following when formulating a response:
Do you agree to the proposal?
- If yes, why, and do you wish to participate should a mirror committee be established?
- If no, why not?
Deadline for survey submission
SCC values your feedback on this proposal. Please fill out the stakeholder feedback form no later than February 14, 2018.
For more information, please contact Suzanna Ersoy, Program Manager, ISO, SCC, at email@example.com.
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