ISO 45001 (Former OHSAS 18001) Released as a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS)

by Chad Kymal published on April 10, 2018

The ISO 45001 FDIS was released in November 2017. The US TAG had overwhelmingly voted in favor of the DIS2 when they met in September 2017. Many European members of ISO/PC 283 had a few more issues and some were philosophically against the standard in the first place. More on this later.

If you recall the history of the ISO 45001 or OHSAS 18001, it was voted down twice by the ISO body. This effort to make it a DIS and a FDIS was also fraught with issues. For those of you who attended Omnex's webinar "Update to Status of New Standards," you may recall that the ILO had a turf war with ISO over who is responsible for Health and Safety standards. It is now good to know that these issues are behind us. The DIS was then voted down and the DIS2 took some time to make it out of committees. The DIS2 meetings in the US TAG in September were thorough and very democratic. Multiple key issues were boiled down to three show stoppers which we will detail in the webinar.

Not only was the DIS2 for ISO 45001 voted on quite positively by the ISO/PC TAG 283, but the FDIS was also accepted with a large majority. After the DIS2 was accepted, there were only two options for the FDIS, you either accept it as is or you vote it down. The US TAG accepted it as is with editorial comments. There is a general feeling that this is a good standard and will help organizations implement and transition from the OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001. It is also felt that due the high-level structure, the standard will attract many new entrants. The ISO 45001 standard is expected to become an International Standard in March 2018.

Watch this webinar to get an overview of the new ISO 45001 which replaces the OHSAS 18001 standard. If you are ISO 9001 certified or have implemented a derivative standard like AS9100, IATF 16949, and/or ISO 14001. Join this Webinar to find out why ISO 45001 may be the standard for you. Contact us to know how Omnex can help you implementing the ISO 45001 standard.


Chad Kymal

Chad Kymal is the CTO and Founder of Omnex Inc. He is the author of seven books and more than 100 papers including several on integrated management systems. Chad is currently on the writing committees for several standards including TC 22/ SC 32/WG 8 for ISO 26262 (Functional Safety), ISO/TC 176 for ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management), ISO/TC 207 for ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management), and PC283 for ISO 45001 (Health and Safety Management Systems). He founded and was the CEO of an Automotive registrar for over 10 years and is familiar with conducting audits, being witnessed for audits, and also evaluating auditors and assessors. He authored and teaches a course for 3rd Party Auditors for Automotive Registrars on behalf of International Automotive Certification Bodies Association (IACBA). This course explains how 3rd Party Auditors audit IATF 16949 in an environment that includes ASPICE, Functional Safety and Product Cybersecurity. He is currently rolling out the course to global 3rd Party Auditors for IATF 16949. Chad has spent over 20 years in system, hardware and software development in various capacities. He assesses and works in automotive system, hardware and software for Agile, ASPICE, and Functional Safety ISO 26262. Chad is also currently an intacsTM certified Principal Assessor for Automotive SPICE.