A new international standard for occupational health and safety got a big vote of confidence this week, taking it another step closer to publication.

The latest draft of ISO 45001 got more than 75 percent approval by those involved in its development. The standard is being developed by ISO/PC 283 and led by ISO member BSI, with the input of experts from over 70 countries.

Work-related accidents and illness are an enormous burden for organizations, and society as a whole, costing over 2.3 million deaths a year globally, not to mention the more than 300 million non-fatal accidents.

ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety, will help organizations of all sizes and industries improve the health and safety of their empolyees, through reducing risks and creating better working conditions.

It provides the requirements and guidance to implement a system and structure to protect employees and reduce risks. It is designed to be effectively integrated into existing management systems and will complement related programs such as those for health and well being.

Learn more about ISO 45001.

Source: International Labour Organisation