ISO45001 on our doorstep

ISO45001 one of the world’s much anticipated standards for occupational health and safety (OHS), has been approved as a Draft International Standard.

Every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease, and 153 people experience a work-related injury. These represent an enormous burden for organizations and society as a whole, costing over 2.3 million deaths a year, not to mention the more than 300 million non-fatal accidents*.

Now, with ISO 45001 at the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage, the world is one step closer to a robust and effective set of processes for improving work safety in global supply chains. Designed to help organizations of all sizes and industries, the future standard is expected to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses around the world.

More than 70 countries are directly involved in the creation of this important document, being developed by project committee ISO/PC 283, Occupational health and safety management systems.

“Implementing a strong occupational health and safety management system helps organizations reduce accidents and ill health, avoid costly prosecutions, perhaps even reduce insurance costs, as well as create a culture of positivity in the organization when its people see that their needs are being taken into account,” explains David Smith, Chair of the committee. “Wide adoption of ISO 45001 should reduce the horror stories in the media of poor OHS management leading to loss of life, injury and large-scale disasters, as seen in the factory buildings around the world.”

ISO 45001 is based on the common elements found in all of ISO’s management system standards, assuring a high level of compatibility with the new versions of ISO 9001, Quality management systems, and ISO 14001, Environmental management systems. It uses a simple Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model, which provides a framework for organizations to plan what they need to put in place in order to minimize the risk of harm. The measures should address concerns that can lead to long-term health issues and absence from work, as well as those that give rise to accidents.

Now that ISO 45001 has advanced to the DIS stage, national member bodies of ISO have been invited to vote and comment on the text of the standard during the three-month balloting period. If the outcome is positive, the modified document may then be circulated to ISO members as a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS). In the event of an affirmative vote, ISO 45001 is expected to be published as an International Standard by late 2016 / early 2017.


Sancert’s 2016 ISO Conference

On 12th August 2016, Sancert held an ISO conference at the Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch for ISO consultants and auditors to get together and discuss the standards.

The conference discussed topics such as:

  • What an ISO standard is and what it should do.
  • Things we should be aware of regarding the new ISO9001-2015/ ISO14001-2015 and the coming ISO45001-2016 standard.
  • Pertinent clauses that need clear understanding such as:
    • Context of Organisation.
  • Scope of QMS and the Process Map.
    • Leadership and top management commitment demonstration.
    • Objectives, Vision and Missions.
    • Organisations Knowledge.
    • Design and Development Requirements.
    • Control of measuring equipment and calibration requirements.
    • Management Review Meetings.
    • Training competence and awareness requirements.

The day was not only a success because of the positive outcomes but also due to the fact that we were so well looked after by the staff of Lanzerac, not to mention the amazing food we enjoyed all day!





Tip of the Month- ISO9001-2015 Implementation

When you write up a system do it according to your processes and departments and not in a format that follows the ISO clauses.


The system needs to make sense to your staff, let the certification auditors pick out what they want.

Use your policy section to create references in your documents to the standard if need be.





ISO9001-2008 is a quality assurance view meaning everyone in the organisation has a role to play and has responsibilities to quality products and service.